Thursday, February 27, 2014

Nigerians get life in prison for murdering UK soldier

Two Nigerian-born British citizens, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who were found guilty of the murder of UK soldier, Fusilier Lee Rigby, were yesterday sentenced to whole-life and 45-year jail terms respectively.

Adebolajo, 29, and Adebowale, 22, drove into Fusilier Rigby with a car before hacking him to death in Woolwich, South-East London, in May last year.

The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, said Adebolajo's case was one of those "rare cases" warranting a whole-life term.

According to reports, the two men were absent during sentencing after a scuffle in the dock because as soon as the judge began to sentence them, they started shouting and scuffling with court security guards.

They had to be forced to the ground and were removed from court.

Sentencing the killers in their absence, the judge said they had been convicted on "overwhelming" evidence of the "barbaric" murder of Fusilier Rigby.

Adebolajo was the leader of the "joint enterprise", the judge said, but Adebowale played his part "enthusiastically."

The judge said the pair carried out the murder "in a way that would generate maximum media coverage. He had done absolutely nothing to deserve what you did to him", the judge said.


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