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22-yr-old Woolwich murder suspect in court

by Staff Reporter
30 May 2013 at 09:06hrs | Views
A UK man has appeared in court charged with murdering the British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, the BBC reported Thursday.

A handcuffed Michael Adebowale, 22, spoke only to confirm his name and address during the short hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He was remanded in custody and will appear next at the Old Bailey on Monday.

He was charged after spending six days in hospital having been shot by police following the attack on 22 May.

A second man, Michael Adebolajo, remains under arrest in hospital.

Like Mr Adebowale, 28-year-old Mr Adebolajo was shot by armed police at the time he was arrested.

On Wednesday, a post-mortem examination ruled that Drummer Rigby died of "multiple incised wounds" after the attack on a street in Woolwich, close to the barracks where he was based.
Tight security

Mr Adebowale, who has also been charged with possession of a firearm, appeared in court with a bandaged hand and flanked by police officers.

He limped as he approached his position in the glass dock, holding his right hand close to his body.

Wearing a grey, long-sleeved top, he was told he did not need to stand up in the dock because of the injuries he sustained as he was shot by police.

Bethan David, specialist prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service counter-terrorism division, told the court the charges fell under the jurisdiction of terrorism legislation.

Mr Adebowale, from Greenwich, had arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier in an escorted police van amid tight security.

Both Mr Adebowale and Mr Adebolajo were filmed and photographed by witnesses following the attack, which took place on a busy street during the afternoon.

Police have arrested eight other people in connection with the investigation so far; six of these have been bailed and two released without charge.

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Source - BBC