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article imageLee Rigby Woolwich murder trial, court views CCTV footage

By Eileen Kersey     Dec 3, 2013 in Crime
London - The Old Bailey trial of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, the two men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in May, entered its third day Tuesday.
The court watched dramatic CCTV footage of police facing the alleged killers.
Witness statements read out in court today included those of police officers. A female officer who attended the scene of the murder told the court how she feared for her life.
BBC News reports Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC read D49's witness statement out. The officer was not identified further. In the statement she said that as one of the accused ran at her, after the attack on Lee Rigby, "I thought 'Oh my God he's going to shoot me'."
The officers attending the scene of the crime were armed due to calls to police of a violent crime. In the UK police officers are not routinely armed but these days they are when attending certain crimes.
D49's statement said:
I saw a black male running at me waving both his hands in the air in a chopping motion. In his right hand I saw what I call a meat cleaver or a machete.
"I instantly thought 'he's going to kill me'. I went to draw my Glock. Due to my position in the car, the internal door has a panel jutting out, I could not immediately draw my Glock out due to this. It was a split second decision to draw my Taser.
"I could still see the look in the suspect's eyes. They were so wide and I could see the whites of them. He was shouting something.
She then saw a second suspect, allegedly Mr Adebowale, holding a gun. "I thought 'Oh my God he's going to shoot me'. I feared for my life," she said.
The other officer, referred to only as E48 to protect anonymity, said "He almost instantly broke into a sprint and I realised we were being attacked. We had very little time to deal with the threat."
Footage shown to the court obviously placed both men at the scene of the crime. Yet they deny all charges.
Mr Adebolajo and Mr Adebowale both sustained gunshot wounds after charging at the police officers. One officer then kept her gun trained on the men where they had fallen whilst the other took a medical kit from the police vehicle to offer first aid to the injured.
Lee Rigby, the victim of this brutal attack, was dead at the scene as his "injuries not compatible with life", a paramedic told the court.
Witnesses confirmed that neither man made any attempt to flee the murder scene. One eyewitness Michelle Nimmo said: "Throughout the attack, the two men had an evil look on their face. "They stood around looking proud and posing with the gun and knives. They made no attempt to run away."
Mr Adebolajo handed a scribbled letter to passer-by, Amanda Donnelly Martin, addressed to "my beloved children", and outlined the men's reasons for the attack:
"If you find yourself curious as to why carnage is reaching your own towns then know its simply retaliation for your oppression in our towns," it said referring to the war in Afghanistan and any western military mission in Muslim dominated lands.
Once again it was a brutal day in court for the friends and family of the victim, Lee Rigby. How many more days will they wait for justice to be served? How much more bloody evidence will the jury have to view?
As the trial continues what will the verdict be if these men are found guilty? What, after all, will be a fitting sentence for the savage murder of Lee Rigby?
Family members of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby  (L to R  front row) his mother Lyn Rigby  sist...
Family members of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby, (L to R, front row) his mother Lyn Rigby, sister Sarah McClure, and fiancee Aimee West arrive at the Old Bailey in London, December 2, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Luke MacGregor
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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