Lee Rigby Woolwich killer appeals sentence

Michael Adebolajo

Michael Adebolajo

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One of the two murderers of soldier Lee Rigby has launched an appeal against his whole-life prison term, the Judicial Office confirmed today.

Michael Adebolajo, from Hither Green, was sentenced at the Old Bailey in February alongside Michael Adebowale, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years.

The pair were sentenced by Mr Justice Sweeney for butchering the 25-year-old father of one in broad daylight near Woolwich Barracks on May 22 last year.

Heartbroken relatives of Fusilier Rigby said "'justice has been served" after Adebolajo was given the whole-life term, which condemns him to die behind bars.

When announcing the sentences, Mr Justice Sweeney told Adebolajo and Adebowale: "You each converted to Islam some years ago. Thereafter you were radicalised and each became an extremist, espousing a cause and views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam and of the peaceful Muslim communities who give so much to our country."

He went on: " You decided between you, and in order to advance your extremist cause, to murder a soldier in public in broad daylight and to do so in a way that would generate maximum media coverage, including getting yourselves killed by armed officers who would be bound to attend the scene in the aftermath of the murder - thereby expecting that you would become martyrs and each gain a place in paradise."

Adebolajo and Adebowale chose the young soldier as their victim because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top, mowing him down in a car before hacking at his limp body with a meat cleaver and knives in an attempt to decapitate him.

Explaining his decision to give Adebolajo a whole-life term, the judge said the 29-year-old, who has two children and four stepchildren, was the leader of the murderous plot and had "no real prospect of rehabilitation".

However, 22-year-old Adebowale's younger age, mental health problems and "lesser role" meant that he escaped spending the rest of his natural life behind bars.

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1:55pm Tue 8 Apr 14

kentlad says...

Rot in jail you piece of scum... i'm sure the family of Lee would also like the chance to turn back time but, unfortunately because of your de-ranged mind you have taken someone special away from them and they have to live with their loss and pain for the rest of their lives.
Rot in jail you piece of scum... i'm sure the family of Lee would also like the chance to turn back time but, unfortunately because of your de-ranged mind you have taken someone special away from them and they have to live with their loss and pain for the rest of their lives. kentlad
  • Score: 14

2:19pm Tue 8 Apr 14

shabina says...

Rot in HMP BELMARSH !!!
A life for a life ... why keep appealing for early release, it's not going to happen !!!
Rot in HMP BELMARSH !!! A life for a life ... why keep appealing for early release, it's not going to happen !!! shabina
  • Score: 11

2:21pm Tue 8 Apr 14

concerned.erith says...

rot in hell you filthy scumbag - I hope you never see the light of day again.
rot in hell you filthy scumbag - I hope you never see the light of day again. concerned.erith
  • Score: 12

2:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Why even entertain the idea of an appeal to this piece of sh1te? Never in a million years would he deserve any leniency, as it was, he showed none whatsoever to Lee did he? And as for bringing his family into the equation well he should have thought about them and the consequences of his actions before turning extremist. Lets just hope that their mother teaches them that what daddy/step daddy did, should never ever be practiced on either humans or animals, and hope they grow up to be by far, a much well adjusted person than he.
Let him and his mate and all the other extremists rot behind bars for the rest of their lives. Just lock the gates and leave them to their own devices. I don't know anybody who really cares about them (apart from money grabbing lawyers). They are worthless, and not fit to walk on this planet.. No heaven for them, just pure hell - its what they deserve.
Why even entertain the idea of an appeal to this piece of sh1te? Never in a million years would he deserve any leniency, as it was, he showed none whatsoever to Lee did he? And as for bringing his family into the equation well he should have thought about them and the consequences of his actions before turning extremist. Lets just hope that their mother teaches them that what daddy/step daddy did, should never ever be practiced on either humans or animals, and hope they grow up to be by far, a much well adjusted person than he. Let him and his mate and all the other extremists rot behind bars for the rest of their lives. Just lock the gates and leave them to their own devices. I don't know anybody who really cares about them (apart from money grabbing lawyers). They are worthless, and not fit to walk on this planet.. No heaven for them, just pure hell - its what they deserve. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 12

3:56pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Joelo says...

The feeling of pure hate & anger I get every time I see this twunts face actually scare me, I hope people on the inside with him feel the same and get the opportunity to express themselves at it!
The feeling of pure hate & anger I get every time I see this twunts face actually scare me, I hope people on the inside with him feel the same and get the opportunity to express themselves at it! Joelo
  • Score: 5

4:19pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Dr. Nick says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Why even entertain the idea of an appeal to this piece of sh1te? Never in a million years would he deserve any leniency, as it was, he showed none whatsoever to Lee did he? And as for bringing his family into the equation well he should have thought about them and the consequences of his actions before turning extremist. Lets just hope that their mother teaches them that what daddy/step daddy did, should never ever be practiced on either humans or animals, and hope they grow up to be by far, a much well adjusted person than he.
Let him and his mate and all the other extremists rot behind bars for the rest of their lives. Just lock the gates and leave them to their own devices. I don't know anybody who really cares about them (apart from money grabbing lawyers). They are worthless, and not fit to walk on this planet.. No heaven for them, just pure hell - its what they deserve.
This may come as a shock to you, but I totally agree with what you are say.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Why even entertain the idea of an appeal to this piece of sh1te? Never in a million years would he deserve any leniency, as it was, he showed none whatsoever to Lee did he? And as for bringing his family into the equation well he should have thought about them and the consequences of his actions before turning extremist. Lets just hope that their mother teaches them that what daddy/step daddy did, should never ever be practiced on either humans or animals, and hope they grow up to be by far, a much well adjusted person than he. Let him and his mate and all the other extremists rot behind bars for the rest of their lives. Just lock the gates and leave them to their own devices. I don't know anybody who really cares about them (apart from money grabbing lawyers). They are worthless, and not fit to walk on this planet.. No heaven for them, just pure hell - its what they deserve.[/p][/quote]This may come as a shock to you, but I totally agree with what you are say. Dr. Nick
  • Score: 0

8:39pm Tue 8 Apr 14

nearly right all the time says...

Perhaps this soldier of Islam should serve his sentence
in an Army "glasshouse"
I am sure he would be made to feel more than welcome!
Perhaps this soldier of Islam should serve his sentence in an Army "glasshouse" I am sure he would be made to feel more than welcome! nearly right all the time
  • Score: 10

12:55pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ElsieH says...

Why is this piece of scum getting any airtime at all? It's only down to his lawyers etc who are making more money out of it. How they sleep at night after defending someone like this is beyond me.
Why is this piece of scum getting any airtime at all? It's only down to his lawyers etc who are making more money out of it. How they sleep at night after defending someone like this is beyond me. ElsieH
  • Score: 1

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