DUE FOR SENTENCING: Adebolajo, left, and Adebowale
THE TWO men who brutally murdered British soldier Lee Rigby in a southeast London street in front of members of the public are due to be sentenced today (Feb 26) and could spend the rest of their lives locked up.
Michael Adebolajo, 29, from Romford, Essex, and Michael Adebowale, 22, from Greenwich, southeast London, will learn their fates this afternoon at the Old Bailey after they were both convicted of murdering Rigby, 25, in May 2013.
They targeted the soldier before he could reach his barracks in Woolwich, where the attackers ran him down in a car before butchering with meat cleavers and knives. They attempted to decapitate the soldier, witnesses said.
It is likely both will receive life sentences and reports suggest that the British-born killers will end up dying in prison.
They face the prospect of a whole life sentence, a rare tariff which was ruled as eligible for Adebolajo and Adebowale, who both tried to appeal against their murder convictions.
During their trial, which ended on December 19, they unsuccessfully argued that they were “soldiers of Allah” and that killing Rigby was retaliation for acts committed against Muslims by British troops.
The judge threw out that line of defence and the jury was unanimous in deciding they were guilty of the army fusilier’s murder.
Rigby’s murderers are due to appear in court for sentencing at 2pm.