30 Nov 2013

UK court hears details of 'callous' killing of soldier

8:56 am on 30 November 2013

London prosecutors giving the details of the killing last May of British soldier Lee Rigby say it was a cowardly and callous killing.

A jury at the Old Bailey has been told that Michael Adebowale, 22, and 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo ran down Mr Rigby in their car on the street close to his barracks.

Jurors heard that Mr Adebolajo tried to decapitate the soldier with a meat cleaver while Mr Adebowale stabbed and cut him.

The two accused both deny killing him and attempting to kill a police officer.

The jury heard that a woman approached Fusilier Rigby's body to see if she could help, and heard Mr Adebolajo talking about religion. The prosecutor told the court he was saying things about religion such as "these soldiers go to our land, kill/bomb our people - so an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."

Members of Mr Rigby's family attended as the prosecution made its opening statement. The soldier's mother, Lyn Rigby, left the court in tears as the prosecutor told jurors they were about to see video footage of her son's final moments.