It was a sad day in Woolwich on May 22nd, 2013 when Michael Adebolajo, 29 and Michael Adebowale, 22 brutally murdered a soldier on his way to the barracks because he was wearing a help for heroes T shirt.
Adebowale and Adebolajo ran Lee Rigby off the road and then dragged his body onto the road before stabbing him several times and attempting to decapitate him. All this as members of the public watched on in horror at the events they were witnessing.
Adebolajo claimed they had targeted the soldier as an act of revenge for all the atrocities Britain was committing in Muslim countries. He then encouraged members of the public to take photos of the hideous crime and urged them to make their governments stop their occupation of Islamic countries. While attempting to justify the crime, he claimed the murder was ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’.
Today, the pair were sentenced at the Old Bailey. Adebolajo was handed a whole life tariff with no chance of parole, a sentence rarely used in British courts, while Adebowale will serve a minimum of 45 years before ever being considered for release.
The two men showed no remorse during the trial and Adebolajo refused to admit the charge of murder, insisting the crime was an ‘act of war’ as he and his accomplice were soldiers of Allah.
During the sentencing, the pair had to be restrained and later removed from the dock as Adebolajo kept interrupting the judge shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and claiming that “You (Britain) and America will never be safe”.
The gruesome killing last year shocked the country, particularly the Islamic and Nigerian community in the UK as the Nigerian community hastened to distance itself from the two murderers. Moreover, not much is known of their families other than that they’re parents are Nigerian.
In a statement after the sentencing, the victim’s family stated “We feel that no other sentence would have been acceptable and we would like to thank the judge and the courts. We feel satisfied that justice has been served for Lee. It just remains to be said: rest in peace Lee.”
Fusilier Lee Rigby is survived by his Mother, Wife, Step Father and little boy. One can only hope his son will somehow to shielded from the horrendous images of his father’s murder for as long as possible, but with the internet, that’s probably wishful thinking.
Michael Adebolajo has appealed the sentence, saying the judge made some judicial errors.