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article imageMurdered soldier Lee Rigby was in wrong place at wrong time

By Eileen Kersey     Dec 5, 2013 in Crime
London - The trial of the two men accused of brutally killing British soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in May entered its fifth day Thursday. The court heard that Rigby was not the intended target, as any military person would have sufficed.
All along it seemed that Fusilier Lee Rigby was in the wrong place and at the wrong time rather than a direct target of this brutal attack.
Thursday the court heard how the two men accused of his murder waited close to the military barracks in Woolwich. CCTV footage showed Lee as he was returning to barracks wearing a Help For Heroes charity sweatshirt. It was filmed shortly before he was murdered.
Mr Adebolajo
Mr Adebolajo
Police screenshot
In a police interview BBC News reports Michael Adebolajo said he and co-accused Michael Adebowale decided to wait near the barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, for a serviceman. Any serviceman.
Rigby became their random target as he was "the soldier that was spotted first".
On several occasions since the trial began Friday members of Lee's family have left the court in tears. The images and footage from the day of his death have been brutal. Hard to bear even for the jury but for loved ones of the victim unbearable final images.
Thursday the court viewed footage of a police interview with one of the accused in June. In that interview "Mr Adebolajo [28], covered by a blue blanket with a copy of the Koran in front of him, said he had "set out determined that this way we will obey the command of Allah.".
During early police interviews Mr Adebolajo was all too willing to talk at length about the attack. He explained it was decided a member of the armed forces was the fairest target as "he joins the Army with kind of an understanding that your life is at risk".
When Lee crossed the path of the two men, Adebolajo said it felt as if Allah was directing the man toward them. Adebolajo described experiencing such a high, which spurred him on.
The following testimony by Adebolajo is graphic:
"When he [Lee Rigby] crossed the road in front of me so casually it was almost as if I was not in control of myself. I accelerated, I hit him and I think I also crashed into a sign post," he said.
The defendant continued: "We did not wish to give him much pain... I could see he was still alive.
"We exited the vehicle and I am not sure how I struck the first blow. The most humane way to kill any creature is to cut the jugular, this is what I believe, this is how we kill our animals in Islam.
"He may be my enemy but he is a man... so I struck at the neck and attempted to remove his head.
He said he considered Fusilier Rigby the "non-Muslim version of myself and my brother Ismail".
In other footage shown to the court Adebolajo said there was little joy to approach anybody and slay them, he also shared his political and religious ideologies, condemning the protracted war in Afghanistan and British involvement. The men continue to deny murder charges allowing them their "day in court".
The trial continues Friday.
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