Soldier Lee Rigby's killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale given £212k legal aid after Woolwich murder

Lee Rigby's killers given £212k legal aid

Lee Rigby was hacked to death in broad daylight in Woolwich last May

Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale were both found guilty of Rigby's murder

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Murdered soldier Lee Rigby’s killers were given more than £200,000 in taxpayer-funded financial support to pay for their legal bills.

Rigby’s murder sparked shock across the county on 22 May last 2013 when he was mowed down with a car and then hacked to death in Woolwich by British Muslim converts Michael Adebolajo, of Hither Green, and Michael Adebowale, of Greenwich.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that the extremists received a combined total of £212,613.32 legal aid to cover solicitors, advocates fees and other disbursements.

The report emerged as Adebolajo, who was sentenced in February to a whole-life term condemning him to die behind bars, was lost his bid to challenge his conviction and sentence was refused.

However, the Judicial Office confirmed that Adebolajo has renewed both applications meaning they will now be aired before a panel of Court of Appeal judges at a hearing in London.

Adebowale, who has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 45 years, has been given the go-ahead to challenge his sentence before the Court of Appeal.

The pair lay in wait by Woolwich Barracks and picked Fusilier Rigby to kill assuming he was a soldier because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top and carrying a camouflage rucksack.

After driving into him the killers – armed with eight knives including a meat cleaver – butchered him in broad daylight in front of horrified onlookers.

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

They claimed they were “soldiers of Allah” and were motivated by the plight of Muslims abroad to carry out the murder. Judge Mr Justice Sweeney told Adebolajo he had “no real prospect of rehabilitation.”

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4:46pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Joelo says...

It's sick beyond the comprehension of the general public, and yet it is allowed to happen. I'm ashamed of the judicial system in my own country.
It's sick beyond the comprehension of the general public, and yet it is allowed to happen. I'm ashamed of the judicial system in my own country. Joelo
  • Score: 14

4:55pm Tue 29 Jul 14

flea_in_ear says...

I think we need to arrange for them to have an accident on their way to the Court of Appeal.
I think we need to arrange for them to have an accident on their way to the Court of Appeal. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 12

4:58pm Tue 29 Jul 14

flea_in_ear says...

I have never supported the death penalty, simply because of potential errors. I do think that life should mean life, particularly for murder. It is also for this reason that I think anyone in prison should always have a right to appeal, particularly if new evidence comes to light.

In this case there is no doubt. Therefore the money should not have been awarded. Perhaps in some instances the death penalty would be appropriate.
I have never supported the death penalty, simply because of potential errors. I do think that life should mean life, particularly for murder. It is also for this reason that I think anyone in prison should always have a right to appeal, particularly if new evidence comes to light. In this case there is no doubt. Therefore the money should not have been awarded. Perhaps in some instances the death penalty would be appropriate. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 12

5:16pm Tue 29 Jul 14

zampa says...

Talk about this country being ar** about face, another example of the do-gooders making this country a laughing stock. £212,613.32 my ar**.
The only thing they should be given free of charge is the noose!
Talk about this country being ar** about face, another example of the do-gooders making this country a laughing stock. £212,613.32 my ar**. The only thing they should be given free of charge is the noose! zampa
  • Score: 8

9:09pm Tue 29 Jul 14

grippa says...

Wrong, just very very wrong. The world must laugh at us constantly. Sometimes theres a need to remove the automatic right of appeal...
Wrong, just very very wrong. The world must laugh at us constantly. Sometimes theres a need to remove the automatic right of appeal... grippa
  • Score: 4

6:50am Wed 30 Jul 14

paulbexleyheath says...

flea_in_ear wrote:
I think we need to arrange for them to have an accident on their way to the Court of Appeal.
something has to be done .
as i have said in the past, if there ever was a case to bring back public hanging this would be it .
may as well hang the person/s that said yes to the legal aid...
[quote][p][bold]flea_in_ear[/bold] wrote: I think we need to arrange for them to have an accident on their way to the Court of Appeal.[/p][/quote]something has to be done . as i have said in the past, if there ever was a case to bring back public hanging this would be it . may as well hang the person/s that said yes to the legal aid... paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 8

12:56pm Wed 30 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

This is an absolute disgrace. They should not be allowed to use any more tax payers money - including the cost of their prison sentences. Give me a rope and I'll hang them for free.
This is an absolute disgrace. They should not be allowed to use any more tax payers money - including the cost of their prison sentences. Give me a rope and I'll hang them for free. concerned.erith
  • Score: 4

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