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article imageLee Rigby murder trial: Widow leaves court in tears

By Eileen Kersey     Dec 2, 2013 in Crime
London - The trial of the two men accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich, London, in May continued Monday. Brutal evidence resulted in Lee's young widow leaving the court in tears.
Friday the trial of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, the two men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby, began at the Old Bailey London.
Proceedings resumed Monday at noon.
The court heard eyewitness statements detailing the terrible brutality of the murder. Lee was run over before being attacked by two men using a meat cleaver and knives. His injuries were horrific and his head almost severed. Dental records were used for identification purposes.
Rigby's throat was slashed by one attacker as the other stabbed him numerous times.
Saraj Miah was chatting with a local shop-keeper as the drama unfolded. As the two men got out of the vehicle they had driven at Lee he shouted at them not to kill the fallen soldier. The response of one attacker was to brandish a gun. Mr Miah's written statement said that one of the attacker's stabbed Lee six times in the chest.
Another eyewitness, Amanda Bailey, told the court she initially thought the car crash was an accident. When one of the men in the car reached down she thought he was looking for his phone to call the emergency services. In reality he was reaching for a knife. "I was so shocked all I could do was sit there and stare at what happened, I couldn't believe what was going on," she said.
BBC News reporting from the trial said:
Earlier, the jury was shown CCTV images of Mr Adebolajo buying a five-knife block and a knife sharpener from an Argos store in Lewisham, south-east London, on the day before the attack.
The court was also shown CCTV images of Mr Adebolajo driving his Vauxhall Tigra with Mr Adebowale as passenger on the day of the killing.
Witness Cheralee Armstrong thought the two men were helping the accident victim before realising the horrific truth, they were hacking at his body. In a statement to the Old Bailey she said "that there was "pure evil" in one of the knifemen's eyes, and that she thought she would die."
James Henegan, was driving Ms Armstrong in his Citroen C3 car. He wept as he described events to the court. According to Sky News:
Adebolajo's barrister David Gottlieb asked Mr Henegan if he was aware "there was nothing he could have done to change what happened".
"Yes," he said.
Mr Gottlieb said: "My client is very anxious that you should know that."
With one witness describing a "frenzied attack by knife wielding crazy men" obviously the family of Lee Rigby had a harrowing day.
Lee's girlfriend and estranged wife, Rebecca Rigby, were both in court. As the gruesome details of her estranged husband's death were given by witnesses Rebecca, and Lee's mother, left the court in tears.
The trial continues.
Rebecca Rigby  widow of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby  returns to the Old Bailey courthouse fol...
Rebecca Rigby, widow of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby, returns to the Old Bailey courthouse following lunch recess, in central London, December 2, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Toby Melville
Rebecca Rigby  widow of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby  returns to the Old Bailey courthouse fol...
Rebecca Rigby, widow of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby, returns to the Old Bailey courthouse following lunch recess, in central London, December 2, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Toby Melville
A photograph of Drummer (Private) Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is pictured in the Fi...
A photograph of Drummer (Private) Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is pictured in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London, November 9, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Luke MacGregor
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