Two men deny murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich

Pair remanded in custody to face trial at Old Bailey on November 18th

Two men have denied the murder of  British soldier Lee Rigby on a street in Woolwich, London, in May of this year.  Photograph: British Ministry of Defence/PA Wire

Two men have denied the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby on a street in Woolwich, London, in May of this year. Photograph: British Ministry of Defence/PA Wire

 

Two men have denied the murder of a British soldier on a street in Woolwich, London, in May of this year.

The widow of soldier Lee Rigby broke down in tears in court as Michael Adebolajo (28), and Michael Adebowale (22), denied his murder.

Rebecca Rigby watched tearfully as the two appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink.

They also each denied attempting to murder a police officer on May 22, the day of Fusilier Rigby’s death, and conspiracy to murder a police officer on or before that day.

Both wearing red T-shirts and pale trousers, they appeared from separate rooms for today’s hearing.

Adebolajo, from Romford in Essex, has asked to be known as Mujaahid Abu Hamza in court, while Adebowale, from Greenwich, southeast London, has asked to be called Ismail Ibn Abdullah.

The pair were remanded in custody to face trial at the Old Bailey on November 18th.