Woolwich murderers get life sentences

Wednesday 26 February 2014 21.42
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Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale (right) The murderers yelled "Allahu akbar" and were pinned to the ground by security officers in a violent struggle in the dock
Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale (right) The murderers yelled "Allahu akbar" and were pinned to the ground by security officers in a violent struggle in the dock
Relatives of Lee Rigby arriving at court, (L-R) stepfather Ian Rigby,  mother Lyn Rigby and sister Sara McClure
Relatives of Lee Rigby arriving at court, (L-R) stepfather Ian Rigby, mother Lyn Rigby and sister Sara McClure

Michael Adebolajo, 29, has been given a whole-life jail term at the Old Bailey for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

Michael Adebowale, 22, has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 45 years for the same offence.

The murderers yelled "Allahu akbar" and were pinned to the ground by security officers in a violent struggle in the dock of the Old Bailey as they were sentenced today.

Adebolajo shouted: "That's a lie" as Mr Justice Sweeney told him and his co-defendant they had both been radicalised.

Adebowale then stood and shouted comments about America and Britain before several security guards were forced to restrain him.

Adebolajo then leapt from his seat, screaming "Allahu akbar" as officers attempted to control him.

Fusilier Rigby's family wept as his killers were wrestled to the ground and ultimately taken down to the cells.

Mr Justice Sweeney continued his sentencing with both men absent from the dock.