To the family of British Soldier, Lee Rigby justice has been served.
The two Muslim extremists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale convicted on 19 December 2013 for Lee Rigby’s murder have been sentenced almost a year after the heinous crime. Both murderers are British of Nigerian descent, raised as Christians, who converted to Islam.
Michael Adebolajo, 29, was sentenced to remain in prison for the rest of his with no possibility of parole, while Michael Adebowale, 22, was jailed for life with a minimum of 45 year. This means he could be free to roam the streets of the UK by the age of 67.
The judge granted Michael Adebowale a lesser sentence based on the defense attorney plea regarding his age at the time of the crime. The judge also believes that even though Michael Adebowale participated enthusiastically in the premeditated murder, Michael Adebolajo was the instigator of the murder.
During their sentencing, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale began hurling abuse at the judge and fighting with prison guards, yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘You (Britain) and America will never be safe’ during their sentencing at the court in Central London.
They both claimed that they were ‘soldiers of Allah’ and were motivated by the plight of Muslims abroad to carry out the killing, and have shown no remorse.
On the afternoon of 22 May 2013, the two murderers ran Lee Rigby over with a car before attacking him with knives and a meat cleaver, and attempted to decapitate him. Lee Rigby was stabbed and hacked to death near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London while he was off duty and walking along Wellington Street. The men dragged Rigby’s body into the road and remained at the scene until police arrived. They told passers-by that they had killed a soldier to avenge the killing of Muslims by the British armed forces. Unarmed police arrived at the scene nine minutes after an emergency call was received and set up a cordon. Armed police officers arrived five minutes later. The assailants, armed with an unloaded gun and cleaver, charged at the police, who fired shots that wounded them both. They were apprehended and taken to separate hospitals.