Michael Adebolajo appeals conviction for Lee Rigby Woolwich murder

This Is Local London: Michael Adebolajo appeals conviction for Lee Rigby Woolwich murder Michael Adebolajo appeals conviction for Lee Rigby Woolwich murder

MICHAEL Adebolajo, a Hither Green man found guilty of murdering solider Lee Rigby in Woolwich, is appealing his conviction.

The Court of Appeal move has been made by Michael Adebolajo, 29, following his conviction with co-defendant Michael Adebowale, 22, at the Old Bailey last month.

British Muslim converts Adebolajo and Adebowale ran Fusilier Rigby down in a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in a frenzied attack. They dumped his body in the middle of the road near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22 last year.

The verdicts, which took the jury just 90 minutes to reach, provoked widespread condemnation of the attack from high-profile figures including the Prime Minister and Home Secretary Theresa May.

Adebolajo, a married father of six, and Adebowale lay in wait near Woolwich Barracks and picked 25-year-old Fusilier Rigby to kill after assuming he was a soldier because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top and carrying a camouflage rucksack.

After driving into the young father in their Vauxhall Tigra, the killers - who had armed themselves with eight knives, including a meat cleaver and a five-piece set bought by Adebolajo the previous day - butchered him in the street in front of horrified onlookers.

One witness described their actions, yards from Mulgrave Primary School, as being ''like a butcher attacking a joint of meat''.

The jury of eight women and four men sat through weeks of evidence including shocking footage of Adebolajo with bloodied hands confessing to the killing and claiming his actions were ''an eye for an eye''.

Both men were shot by police in dramatic scenes captured by CCTV.

Adebolajo was seen dropping the meat cleaver as he sprinted across the road towards a police car, collapsing to the ground when he was shot.

Adebowale, who moved along a wall to draw fire from the officers, was seen folding over as he was shot by one of three armed officers.

Both men asked to be called by their adopted Islamic names in court - Adebolajo as Mujahid Abu Hamza, and Adebowale as Ismail Ibn Abdullah - and claimed they carried out the murder because they were ''soldiers of Allah''.

The jury was told this was no defence in law to the charge.

The men were cleared of the attempted murder of a police officer, and had previously admitted possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Mr Justice Sweeney said he will sentence the pair after a key Court of Appeal ruling on the use of whole-life jail terms.

A date for the appeal judgment has not been announced following a recent hearing before a panel of five leading judges, headed by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas.

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11:00am Thu 30 Jan 14

Virtual-Monster says...

And this is exactly why hanging should be reintroduced in this country!

Those 2 animals gave Lee Rigby no opportunity for appeal did they?
And this is exactly why hanging should be reintroduced in this country! Those 2 animals gave Lee Rigby no opportunity for appeal did they? Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 51

11:25am Thu 30 Jan 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

So glad my taxes will be wasted on this "appeal" and this animals upkeep in prison. Sadly he would be happy to die, so hopefully he will get everything he deserves inside.
So glad my taxes will be wasted on this "appeal" and this animals upkeep in prison. Sadly he would be happy to die, so hopefully he will get everything he deserves inside. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 37

11:44am Thu 30 Jan 14

SidcupResident says...

Just deliberately wasting public funds. Same reason they pleaded not guilty. Hopefully they will get their minimum sentence extended.

I still believe they should have been given the death sentence, instead of wasting £millions incarcerating them, that could be spent on our third world NHS. If they would prefer to die then everyone's a winner (except for Lee Rigby's family).

Likewise the death penalty should be given to child rapists and killers. They'd soon think twice if they knew they were facing the noose. A lot of children would be alive today had the death sentence not been abolished.
Just deliberately wasting public funds. Same reason they pleaded not guilty. Hopefully they will get their minimum sentence extended. I still believe they should have been given the death sentence, instead of wasting £millions incarcerating them, that could be spent on our third world NHS. If they would prefer to die then everyone's a winner (except for Lee Rigby's family). Likewise the death penalty should be given to child rapists and killers. They'd soon think twice if they knew they were facing the noose. A lot of children would be alive today had the death sentence not been abolished. SidcupResident
  • Score: 36

11:46am Thu 30 Jan 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Its about time that when evidence is evidently clear about who did the crime and what took place, there should be no hesitation is just saying"NO, absolutely no way" to any appeal whatsoever, regardless of the human rights cr.p that will no doubt be spouted in their defence. In this case, H.R. should go and take a hike as they say and I hope they will. Nothing justifies what they did this young fella, and the misery it has left not only his family in but the millions who have been subjected to watching footage of this atrocity on their t.v.s.
They did the crime, now they do the time, if they don't like, then bring back execution for them. Being kept in prison at the taxpayers expense is far too good for the likes of evil minded, religious maniac, free loading scum bags likes these.
Its about time that when evidence is evidently clear about who did the crime and what took place, there should be no hesitation is just saying"NO, absolutely no way" to any appeal whatsoever, regardless of the human rights cr.p that will no doubt be spouted in their defence. In this case, H.R. should go and take a hike as they say and I hope they will. Nothing justifies what they did this young fella, and the misery it has left not only his family in but the millions who have been subjected to watching footage of this atrocity on their t.v.s. They did the crime, now they do the time, if they don't like, then bring back execution for them. Being kept in prison at the taxpayers expense is far too good for the likes of evil minded, religious maniac, free loading scum bags likes these. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 32

1:43pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Wiff180 says...

They should hang this animal, deport his family too. People like him who come to this country (his family did) should be kicked out. Let them go back to the stone age in Nigeria.
They should hang this animal, deport his family too. People like him who come to this country (his family did) should be kicked out. Let them go back to the stone age in Nigeria. Wiff180
  • Score: 26

2:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Let me do a shortcut for you Mr Adebolajo -

APPEAL FAILED.

Now back to prison please.
Let me do a shortcut for you Mr Adebolajo - APPEAL FAILED. Now back to prison please. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 28

2:17pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Joelo says...

Trouble is I've absolutely no faith in our justice system. Should he get any less than a whole life sentence then people will need to finally make a stand. It's not acceptable
Trouble is I've absolutely no faith in our justice system. Should he get any less than a whole life sentence then people will need to finally make a stand. It's not acceptable Joelo
  • Score: 16

2:47pm Thu 30 Jan 14

kentlad says...

Virtual-Monster wrote:
And this is exactly why hanging should be reintroduced in this country! Those 2 animals gave Lee Rigby no opportunity for appeal did they?
Totally agree i think murderers should be given the same punishment as they gave their vitims in this case let members of Lees family run them both down and cut off their heads.... SLOWLY of course!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Virtual-Monster[/bold] wrote: And this is exactly why hanging should be reintroduced in this country! Those 2 animals gave Lee Rigby no opportunity for appeal did they?[/p][/quote]Totally agree i think murderers should be given the same punishment as they gave their vitims in this case let members of Lees family run them both down and cut off their heads.... SLOWLY of course!!!!! kentlad
  • Score: 18

3:23pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Hello_Mate says...

I can't actually believe the justice system is even considering the "appeal". They are clearly guilty (whether or not in their brain they see it as murder is irrelevant), they took a life in cold blood with dozens of witnesses. GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY.
Cut their hands, feet & bits off then let them rot.
I can't actually believe the justice system is even considering the "appeal". They are clearly guilty (whether or not in their brain they see it as murder is irrelevant), they took a life in cold blood with dozens of witnesses. GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY. Cut their hands, feet & bits off then let them rot. Hello_Mate
  • Score: 19

6:14pm Thu 30 Jan 14

gravo07 says...

Sorry, I was under the impression this murdering scumbag didn't recognise the authority of the court during his trial?

But he does recognise the authority of the appeals procedure?

Funny that...
Sorry, I was under the impression this murdering scumbag didn't recognise the authority of the court during his trial? But he does recognise the authority of the appeals procedure? Funny that... gravo07
  • Score: 20

6:25pm Thu 30 Jan 14

chris8210 says...

He is only doing this for media coverage. NS has given him that. Let's remove the news and let him rot
He is only doing this for media coverage. NS has given him that. Let's remove the news and let him rot chris8210
  • Score: 17

9:41am Fri 31 Jan 14

rescoffering says...

...so much for the bravado from this 'soldier' ...run along now!!
...so much for the bravado from this 'soldier' ...run along now!! rescoffering
  • Score: 16

1:45pm Fri 31 Jan 14

molsey says...

I hope the pair of them get done-in while inside, the sooner the better.
I hope the pair of them get done-in while inside, the sooner the better. molsey
  • Score: 8

2:47pm Fri 31 Jan 14

concerned.erith says...

hang this scumbag and deport his family immeidately. he gave lee rigby no right of appeal so he shouldn't get one. his UMAN rights ceased the minute he took a life.
hang this scumbag and deport his family immeidately. he gave lee rigby no right of appeal so he shouldn't get one. his UMAN rights ceased the minute he took a life. concerned.erith
  • Score: 20

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