Life Without Parole For Lee Rigby Murder 'Mastermind'

Michael Adebolajo has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for being the "mastermind" of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

His co-defendant, Michael Adebowale, was jailed for a minimum sentence of 45 years for the same attack in May 2013.

The sentencing of the two men had been deferred until after a Court of Appeal ruling on the use of whole-life terms. Mr Justice Sweeney said it was one of the "rare cases" that warranted use of the tariff.

According to reports, Adebolajo, 29, and Adebowale, 22, were not in the dock for sentencing following a scuffle with security guards.

It is understood that the two men had to be forced to the ground before being removed from the court room. The judge continued with sentencing in their absence.

Fusilier Rigby (25), from Middleton, Greater Manchester, was attacked by the two men as he returned to his barracks in Woolwich on 22 May, 2013.

The two men drove into Fusilier Rigby before dragging him into the road and attacking him with a knife and a meat cleaver.

While Adebolajo and Adebowale stood over the body with their weapons after the attack, a number of women tried to comfort Fusilier Rigby. Commenting on this, Judge Sweeney told the men: "Your sickening and pitiful conduct was in stark contrast to the women at the scene who tended to Lee Rigby's body and challenged what you had done."


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