Woolwich murder suspects appear in London courts

Saxilby
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The two men charged with murdering soldier Lee Rigby in a suspected terrorist attack in Woolwich have appeared in court.

Michael Adebolajo made his first court appearance since being charged by police at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The 28-year-old’s family home in Saxilby was raided as part of the investigation into the attack on Drummer Lee Rigby on 22nd May.

Adebolajo, who now lives in Romford, Essex, stands accused of murdering Drummer Rigby, the attempted murder of two police officers and firearms offences.

He made his first court appearance following nine days in hospital after he was shot as police tried to apprehend him.

Adebolajo appeared in the dock with a plaster cast on one arm and clutching a copy of the Koran.

He asked to be addressed as Mujaahid Abu Hamza, and was seen to blow a kiss to a man in the public gallery.

Michael Adebowale, 22, from Greenwich, appeared before the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh, the high-security prison where he is being held.

He had already appeared in magistrates’ court for his first hearing after spending six days in hospital and is charged with the same offences as Adebolajo.

Adebolajo was remaded in custody and was due to appear at the Old Bailey again on Wednesday as the Standard went to press.

Adebowale will appear before the same court on 28th June. They have not yet entered pleas to any of the charges.

They are to be tried under.

An inquest into Drummer Rigby’s death was opened and adjourned at Southwark coroner’s court last week.

It heard that the father-of-one had to be identified from dental records after allegedly being run over by a car and attacked.