Michael Adebowale charged with Drummer Lee Rigby murder

  • 30 May 2013
  • From the section UK
Media captionAn armed convoy escorted the suspect to and from Westminster Magistrates Court, as Matt Prodger reports

A man has been charged with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, police have said.

Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, London, who will appear later at Westminster Magistrates' Court, is also accused of possessing a firearm.

A second man, Michael Adebolajo, 28, remains under arrest at a London hospital and is in a stable condition.

A post-mortem examination found Drummer Rigby, 25, died of "multiple incised wounds" after the attack on 22 May.

Mr Adebowale, who was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, and the other suspect were shot by police at the time they were arrested.

'Sufficient evidence'

Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Special Crime and Counter-terrorism Division, said: "Crown Prosecutors have been working with the investigators of Counter Terrorism Command since the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby on 22 May.

"Following the release of Michael Adebowale from hospital, we have authorised the police to charge him with the murder of Drummer Rigby.

"We have also authorised police to charge him with possession of a firearm, contrary to section 16A of the Firearms Act 1968.

"There is sufficient evidence to prosecute Michael Adebowale and it is in the public interest to do so."

The firearms charge accuses him of possessing a 9.4mm Dutch calibre KNIL Model 91 revolver.

The CPS said it was continuing to advise police over other suspects arrested during the investigation into Drummer Rigby's death.

Scotland Yard said the inquest into Drummer Rigby's death would open at Southwark Coroner's Court on Friday.

Minute's silence

On Wednesday, Commander Simon Letchford of the Metropolitan Police made a fresh appeal for information and witnesses following the street attack near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

Image caption Drummer Lee Rigby died after street attack in south-east London

A minute's silence was held in Woolwich just before 14:20 BST on Wednesday - exactly a week after the event - and this was followed by spontaneous applause.

Drummer Rigby's fiancee Aimee West said she was "devastated by the loss".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating, which is routine in situations where police officers have discharged their firearms.

The commission said two police officers had fired shots and one had used a Taser.

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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