22-year-old Michael Adebowale, one of the two men charged with the murder of a soldier, Lee Rigby in Woolwich, South East London, appeared in court on Thursday. Adebowale who was brought into the Westminster Magistrates court in a police van was in handcuffs and he only spoke to confirm his name and address after the charges against him were read. The case was referred to the Crown Court for trial after the short hearing and the suspect will appear on Monday at the Old Bailey for a bail hearing while the trial has been fixed for June 28.
Adebowale was in hospital for 6 days, having been shot alongside Michael Adebolajo, a second suspect by the police on May 22 after the attack that killed Rigby.He limped and was observed to have a bandaged arm as he walked into the court escorted by security agents.
Apart from the murder of Lee Rigby, Adebowale has also been charged with the possession of a firearm. Prosecutor, Bethan David told the court that the charges being faced by the suspect fall under the jurisdiction of terrorism legislation, citing Section 30 of the Terrorism Act.
Michael Adebowale and his namesake had hacked Lee Rigby on May 22. An autopsy has confirmed that the soldier died of “multiple incised wounds”. The duo was filmed and photographed by a number of witnesses shortly after the attack.