Jury finds two men guilty in murder of UK soldier
December 20, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
LONDON -- A jury on Thursday convicted two British men who considered themselves “soldiers of Allah” of murdering a serviceman who was run down with a car and stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for just 90 minutes before finding Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale guilty of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby. They were acquitted of attempting to murder a police officer.
Both men had pleaded not guilty to murder, though neither denied taking part in the May 22 attack. The 25-year-old Rigby was returning on foot to his barracks in south London when he was hit by a car, then stabbed and nearly decapitated. Adebolajo was filmed by a passer-by moments after the attack, covered in blood and holding a cleaver and a knife, justifying the killing as revenge for British troops killing people abroad.