Further to my article of 19th February 2014 I, along with the world, anxiously awaited Mr Justice Sweeney’s sentencing of the Lee Rigby murderers on 26th February 2014 and hoped for whole life sentences.
I was pleased to see that Michael Adebolajo, 29, was awarded a whole life sentence, meaning he will spend the rest of his life in jail for the brutal crime. Michael Adebowale, 22, was also given a life sentence, but with a minimum term of 45 years, meaning he has the potential to be freed. The reduced sentence was in recognition of Mr Adebowale’s age and lesser role in the murder.
The defendants behaved outrageously at their sentences, having to be manhandled by security guards and screaming at the judge. I am shocked and appalled at the atrocities of these men who have not only brutally killed a brave soldier in broad day light, taking away a young man from his family, friends and colleagues, but failed to show any remorse, regret or respect regarding their actions.
The impact of their actions upon Fusilier Rigby’s family is unimaginable. My sincere condolences go out to them and I hope that the sentencing of the murderers will enable his family to grieve properly and focus on their positive memories of Fusilier Rigby without them being tainted by the sickening conduct of two heinous criminals.
by Hannah Ashcroft, Trainee Solicitor at Hilary Meredith Solicitors