‘After I struck the neck, I used another of the knives I had sharpened to try and remove the head’: ‘Killer’ of Lee Rigby describes moment soldier died as he takes to the witness stand just feet away from grieving family

I have never believed in the death penalty principally because I have a fear that innocent lives could be lost that way (yea some of those people protesting their innocence truly are, as events have shown). Apart from that, some crimes are so heinous I feel the death penalty is too much an easy way out. Lets keep ’em in a jail, strip ’em of all humanity and leave ’em there to rot away.

You see, I think many people think of jail as only being deprived of one’s freedom, which is bad enough.

In fact, you lose EVERY privilege.

You will never again eat a meal you truly enjoy. Never have ROOM or TOILET FACILITIES that are all yours. You will always have someone telling you what to do in the crudest possible way. You can never go visiting ANYBODY. You will always wake up and go to bed as instructed. You will most probably get raped by someone of the same sex (hell, if you are heterosexual). You will get randomly attacked. You will be bullied. The list is endless.

Lets lock these two goats up and bury the key somewhere shall we? So its martyrdom they crave? If they get real lucky, they might wind up in the kind of prison that has other supremacists who will give them a piece of the same cake they dished out to Rigby. Good luck with that $h^t boys. You are going to need it.

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  • Drummer Rigby was knocked down and  ‘almost decapitated’ in Woolwich
  • Suspect Michael Adebolajo, 28, gave  evidence for the first time at Old Bailey
  • Al Qaeda, I love them, they’re my  brothers’, he told the jury
  • Married Muslim convert, a father of six,  said he wanted to become a martyr
  • The Woolwich attack came just four days  after the birth of his youngest child
  • He and Michael Adebowale deny Lee Rigby’s  murder and conspiracy to murder a police officer
  • When asked what his defence to the charge  of murder is, Adebolajo said: ‘I’m a soldier of Allah’
  • If he is found guilty: ‘I believe I should be ransomed to my mujahid  brothers. Or I should be set free, or I should be killed,’ he  said
  • Of the victim’s family Adebolajo said:  ‘Every soldier has a family who loves him just like me’

By  Martin Robinson

Woolwich ‘murderer’ Michael Adebolajo today  admitted killing Lee Rigby in a ‘military attack’ and  described his  attempts to decapitate him at the Old  Bailey today.

The 28-year-old’s account of knocking down  the Fusilier and trying to cut off his head led to Drummer Rigby’s widow running  from the court.

He and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of  murdering Fusilier Rigby by running him down with a car and then hacking him to  death with a meat cleaver and knives near Woolwich Barracks in south east London  on May 22.

He told the court: ‘After I struck the neck,  I used another of the knives I had sharpened to try and remove the head but I  was unsuccessful in this attempt.’

Woolwich trial: Michael Adebolajo was in the dock today where he said he loved Al Qaeda and described his attempts to decapitate Drummer RigbyWoolwich trial: Michael Adebolajo was in the dock today  where he said he loved Al Qaeda and described his attempts to decapitate Drummer  Rigby

 

Family: The mother of Lee Rigby, Lyn Rigby (centre) at the Old Bailey today with Lee Rigby's step-father Ian and his fiancée Aimee West Family: The mother of Lee Rigby, Lyn Rigby (centre) at  the Old Bailey today with Lee Rigby’s step-father Ian and his fiancée Aimee West 

In cross-examination, prosecutor Richard  Whittam QC earlier asked Adebolajo: ‘You and your co-defendant, acting together,  killed Lee Rigby, didn’t you?’

He replied: ‘Yes.’

The barrister asked: ‘That’s because together  you had agreed to kill someone. Do you agree?’

Again, Adebolajo replied: ‘Yes.’

Bereft: The soldier's estranged wife, Rebecca Rigby, pictured today, who left the court sobbing today as Adebolajo described his deathBereft: The soldier’s estranged wife, Rebecca Rigby,  pictured today, who left the court sobbing today as Adebolajo described his  death

He went on: ‘We planned a military attack  which obviously involved, sadly – it’s not something enjoyable, something  fantastic – the death of a soldier. It’s a military attack.’

When asked whether the killing was political,  he told the jury: ‘Jihad by its very nature is political.’

Adebolajo described the killing of Fusilier  Rigby as a ‘military operation’.

He said: ‘No Muslim hopes to have to kill  anybody, that’s the first thing to make clear.

‘Just as a general plans attacks knowing full  well that when he plans this attack people will die, this is what happens in  war, so when we target a soldier this is a similar thing.

‘I am a soldier and this is  war.

‘It’s not a casual joke. It’s a military  operation. This is how we see it.

‘To fight Jihad for the sake of Allah, it’s  not something that is to be taken lightly, fun or something like  this.

‘Those responsible for sending British troops  to kill Muslims, it just so happens, those people who have influence and control  over the military are the Government, yes.’

Asked if the attack was designed to  intimidate the public, Adebolajo said: ‘The truth is this, the Government and  the British public have become aware of Jihad over the past years, a lot of  people know the only reason it is occuring is because of foreign  policy.’

Adebolajo denied that he threw Fusilier  Rigby’s body into the path of an incoming vehicle.

He told the jury he wanted to deter  ‘have-a-go heroes’ from approaching him.

He refused to answer questions about how long  he and Adebowale had allegedly spent planning the attack.

Adeboloja said he should be ransomed back to other jihadi fighters, set free or killed if he is found guiltyAdeboloja said he should be ransomed back to other  jihadi fighters, set free or killed if he is found guilty

When asked when he had tried, unsuccessfully,  to buy bullets for the gun, he said: ‘I will not be specific, but it was a long  time before the incident.’

Adebolajo told the jury that he had not  planned to run down Fusilier Rigby with his car.

‘As for the colliding with the soldier, that  was not something that was pre-meditated. It just so happened that Allah caused  him to cross in front of my car.’

He admitted that he was ‘not 100% sure’ that  Fusilier Rigby was a soldier at the time of the attack.

Fusilier Rigby’s widow Rebecca left the  courtroom in tears as Adebolajo claimed the soldier was moving after he was hit  by the car.

Enlarge   Victim: The alleged killers of Lee Rigby cut his throat because it was 'humane', a court has heard Victim: The alleged killers of Lee Rigby cut his throat  because it was ‘humane’, a court has heard

 

He told the jury the 25-year-old had moved,  and was ‘maybe semi-conscious, but he did not sit up or stand up’.

Adebolajo admitted striking Fusilier Rigby’s  neck but denied hitting his head.

He said the soldier had already been killed  by the time Adebowale left the smashed car and arrived at his side.

Addressing Adebowale in the dock briefly, he  added: ‘He (Adebowale) struck him twice with his knife – and forgive me for  speaking my brother – but I prevented him doing anymore because I said he was  already dead.’

Adebolajo said he handed a letter to an  eyewitness to make it clear that the events happened ‘for one reason and one  reason only – that’s foreign policy’.

He said: ‘The life of this one soldier might  save the lives of many, many people, not just from Muslim lands but from this  country.’

Adebolajo said he asked people at the scene  at Woolwich Barracks to film him to ‘make it clear to everybody why the soldier  lost his life’ and ‘how this can be avoided in the future’.

Asked why he ran at the police when they  arrived, he said: ‘I was almost certain that I would be shot to  death.’

Adebolajo said he had ‘nothing but  admiration’ for the firearms officers who applied first aid after he was  shot.

Turning to his hospital treatment, he said:  ‘I believe this country, from what I experienced, we have the best nurses on the  planet.’

‘They show so much kindness to me while I was  handcuffed to my bed,’ he said. ‘In Islam we respect this, but we don’t respect  oppressors.’

Adebolajo told the court a number of times:  ‘I am a soldier.’

He also said he was shocked at how long it  took for Fusilier Rigby’s body to be buried.

‘It shocked me to the core. I thought surely  he would be buried by now, because obviously he’s a soldier like myself, and in  Islam we bury our deceased immediately.’

The 28-year-old told the jury that he has no  complaint against the police marksman who shot him in the wake of the  killing.

‘When I read the statements of the armed  officers, I thought maybe they thought I was going to be a jobsworth, trying to  claim some type of compensation because my humerus was shattered etc  etc.

‘It was a man who shot me, the female she  Tasered me. I have no grievance with them, they are not the ones who are killing  Muslims. They are just doing their duty.’

Asked by his barrister David Gottlieb if he  had any regrets, the defendant replied: ‘I will never regret obeying the command  of Allah.

‘That is all I can say. I am a mujahid, I’m a  soldier, I’m doing what Allah commands me to do.

‘I can’t do anything else.’

He was then asked about his feelings towards  Fusilier Rigby’s family.

Adebolajo, who used the name Mujaahid Abu  Hamza, replied: ‘I have no animosity or bad feelings towards them. Every soldier  has a family who loves him just like me.

‘My family didn’t stop loving me the moment I  became a soldier.

‘I don’t blame them, I don’t wish bad upon  them or harm upon them.

‘I killed somebody they loved and who was  dear to them. At the same time people who I love and are dear to me are being  killed as well.

‘You are not the only ones who feel pain in  this country – Muslims feel pain and love too.

‘That soldier’s life or his death might  protect the lives of other soldiers who are being sent to die in unjust wars.’

‘My religion is everything… Al Qaeda are  my brothers’: Lee Rigby’s ‘killer’ speaks of how he converted to Islam at  university following strict Christian upbringing

One of the men accused of murdering soldier  Lee Rigby loves Al Qaeda and says members of the terrorist group are ‘his  brothers’, the Old Bailey heard today.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, told the jury his  ‘religion is everything’ and admitted he hoped to be accepted into Paradise as a  martyr for Adebolajo today denied murder on the grounds he is a ‘soldier of  Allah’, with the soldier’s relatives sat feet away.

Asked who Al Qaeda were by his counsel,  Adebolajo replied: ‘Al Qaeda, I consider to be Mujahideen.

Evidence: Woolwich suspect Michael Adebolajo, who was surrounded in the dock by guards, today said he killed Lee Rigby because he is 'at war'Evidence: Woolwich suspect Michael Adebolajo, who was  surrounded in the dock by guards, today said he killed Lee Rigby because he is  ‘at war’

‘I love them, they’re my brothers. I have  never met them. I consider them my brothers in Islam.’

He added: ‘Mujahideen are the army of  Allah.’

He went on: ‘My religion is  everything.

‘When I came to Islam I realised that… real  success is not just what you can acquire, but really is if you make it to  paradise, because then you can relax.’

Adebolajo said he converted to Islam in his  first year at Greenwich University.

When asked about his attitude to people in  authority, he said: ‘Generally speaking, I don’t get along with them, generally.  In most instances I don’t get along with authority, except for my mother and my  father.’

As ground rules were set out for his giving  evidence, including not speaking over the judge, he said: ‘I don’t believe in  the law.’

When asked what his defence to the charge of  murder is, Adebolajo said: ‘I’m a soldier. I’m a soldier of Allah and I  understand that some people might not recognise this because we do not wear  fatigues and we do not go to the Brecon Beacons and train and this sort of  thing. But we are still soldiers in the sight of Allah as a mujahid.

Last seen: Drummer Rigby was seen here getting off a DLR train at Woolwich Arsenal Station, just before he died on May 22Last seen: Drummer Rigby was seen here getting off a DLR  train at Woolwich Arsenal Station, just before he was hacked to death on May 22 

‘This is all that matters, if Allah considers  me a soldier, then I am a soldier.’

He said he should be ransomed back to other  jihadi fighters, set free or killed if he is found guilty.

‘As an enemy soldier, I believe I should be  ransomed to my mujahid brothers.

‘Or I should be set free, or I should be  killed.’

Earlier the court heard how he attended  demonstrations against British foreign policy which were organised by al  Muhajiroun, a group proscribed under the UK Terrorism Act.

Adebolajo said the group’s co-founder Anjem  Choudary was a ‘good man’ but he disagreed with some of his views.

The court heard that he used to attend the  events ‘in the hope it might make a difference’, but added: ‘I was somewhat  naive.’

‘In reality, no demonstration will make a  difference,’ he added.

After one protest he was jailed for 51 days  for assaulting two police officers. In 2010 he attempted to travel to Somalia  but was captured in Kenya and sent back to the UK.

Adebolajo and Adebowale deny murdering  Fusilier Rigby, conspiring to murder a police officer and attempted murder.

They admit possessing a  firearm.

The trial continues.

Shocking: This is the Vauxhall Tigra that was used during the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby which was shown in court during the trial of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22Shocking: This is the Vauxhall Tigra that was used  during the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby which was shown in court during the  trial of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22

 

Evidence: This giant knife was found on the passenger seat of the vehicle that ploughed into Drummer Rigby at 40mph on May 22Evidence: This giant knife was found on the passenger  seat of the vehicle that  ploughed into Drummer Rigby at 40mph on May 22. It was  not used in the  killing

Gunfire: The armed officers shot Adebowale, right, and Adebolajo, left on the floor, and he said today he had 'nothing but admiration' for them but admitted he believed he would be shot deadGunfire: The armed officers shot Adebowale, right, and  Adebolajo, left on the floor, and he said today he had ‘nothing but admiration’  for them but admitted he believed he would be shot dead

Testimony: Giving evidence for the first time Michael Adebolajo said he loved Al Qaeda and said its members were his 'brothers'Testimony: Giving evidence for the first time Michael  Adebolajo said he loved Al Qaeda and said its members were his  ‘brothers’

Father-of-six Michael Adebolajo’s youngest  child was just four days old when he killed Lee Rigby, the Old Bailey heard  today.

Married Adebolajo told the jury that having a  wife and children was not an excuse not to fight.

He said ‘Allah might throw me in the  hellfire’ if he ‘did not fight for this reason’.

Earlier he described  how he was brought up as a Christian who  became a ‘soldier of Allah’.

He admitted today to killing the Fusilier but  denies murder, he told the jury.

He told the jury of eight women and four men:  ‘My parents used to take us  to church every Sunday. The memory that sticks in  my mind… is probably every New Year’s Eve in the evening around 11 o’clock we  would gather  around in candlelight and read passages from the  Bible.’

Adebolajo told the court that he took the  name Mujahid, meaning fighter, in 2002 or 2003.

‘Growing up I never did think of killing a  man. This is not the type of thing that the average child thinks of and I was no  different.

‘When a soldier joins the Army he perhaps has  in his head an understanding that he will kill a man at some stage. When I  became a mujahid I was aware that perhaps I might end up killing a  soldier.’

In 2010 he tried to travel to Somalia but was  captured in Kenya and brought back to the UK.

Adebolajo said: ‘There’s a lot more to the  story but I won’t mention that.’

He said that, growing up in Romford, the  ‘vast majority’ of his friends  were white British, and one, Kirk Redpath,  joined the Army and was later killed in Iraq by an IED.

Adebolajo said: ‘I hold Tony Blair  responsible for his death.’

He told the jury that he and Adebowale prayed  to Allah that they would attack a soldier and not a civilian.

‘To be 100 per cent, I don’t believe there’s  a way to know 100 per cent that was a soldier, however there were some steps  that we took.

‘For example before we started out on that  day and the night previous to that I started worshipping Allah and begging him  that … we strike a soldier and a soldier only.’

Planning: Adebolajo said today that before he killed Lee Rigby he 'started worshipping Allah and begging him that we strike a soldier and a soldier only'Planning: Adebolajo said today that before he killed Lee  Rigby he ‘started worshipping Allah and begging him that we strike a soldier and  a soldier only’

Adebolajo earlier told the jury that he used  to attend demonstrations ‘in the hope it might make a  difference’.

He added: ‘I was somewhat  naive.’

Adebolajo told the court that at one  demonstration he was arrested and sent to prison.

He said that in his cell he realised the  demonstrations were ‘impotent rage’.

‘In reality, no demonstration will make a  difference,’ he added.

Life: Adebolajo, 28, pictured in a police interview, said today he was brought up as a Christian but converted to Islam when a student at Greenwich UniversityBackground: Adebolajo, 28, pictured in a police  interview, said today he was brought up as a Christian but became a Muslim when  a student at Greenwich University

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

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