Woolwich Murder Charge

May 31, 2013 by  

Woolwich Murder Charge, Court artist sketch of Michael Adebowale, flanked by two police officers in the dock, during his appearance at Westminster magistrates court in London where he charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA
One of the suspects in the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby has appeared in court yesterday.

Michael Adebowale, 22, appeared at Westminster magistrates court in handcuffs, wearing a grey-green long-sleeved top and white baggy pants. The injured suspect was permitted to sit during the hearing as the charges against him were read out.

Rigby, a soldier with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was run over and killed in a Woolwich street on the afternoon of Wednesday 22 May.

Adebowale, who was shot by police called to the scene of the attack on the soldier, limped as he first approached his position in the glass dock.

Holding his right arm, which was in a plastic brace close to his body, Adebowale listened without reaction as he was charged with Rigby’s murder and possession of a firearm, a 9.4mm KNIL Model 91 revolver, with intent to cause others to believe that violence would be used.

Asked to confirm his name, address and date of birth, Adebowale calmly replied: “Yes.”

His home, in Greenwich, south-east London, was searched shortly after Rigby was killed.

Bethan David, prosecuting, told the court the charges met the definition of t*rror*sm under section 30 of the Terrorism Act.

The chief magistrate, Howard Riddle, said the matter would be elevated to the crown court. He said Adebowale would face a bail hearing on Monday at the Old Bailey and a trial date had been set for 28 June.

Eight others have been arrested in connection with the murders. Two have been released without charge.

A postmortem examination found that the solider’s cause of death was multiple cut and stab wounds. An inquest will be formally opened on Friday.

A second suspect arrested at the scene, Michael Adebolajo, 28, remains in hospital after he was shot by officers, still too ill to be questioned by detectives.

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