20 Dec 2013

Guilty verdicts for killing UK soldier

7:43 pm on 20 December 2013

Two Muslim men have been found guilty of murdering a British soldier outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London.

Michael Adebolajo, left, and Michael Adebowale.

Michael Adebolajo, left, and Michael Adebowale. Photo: AFP / Metropolitan Police

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, struck Fusilier Lee Rigby with a car before hacking the 25-year-old to death in May this year, the BBC reports

Adebolajo claimed he was a "soldier of Allah" and the killing was an act of war. The men were found not guilty of attempting to murder a police officer at the scene.

A jury of eight women and four men at the Old Bailey took about 90 minutes to reach their verdicts. Justice Sweeney said he would pass sentence in January 2014. Relatives of Fusilier Rigby broke down in tears as the verdicts were read out.

As the defendants were taken out of the courtroom, Adebolajo kissed his Koran and raised it in the air.

The jury heard the men chose their victim because he was "the soldier that was spotted first".

Both men were shot by police at the scene. They denied attempting to kill police as they wanted officers to shoot them dead so they could "achieve martyrdom".