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Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebowale in court

  • 30 May 2013
  • From the section UK
Court sketch of Michael Adebowale
Image caption Michael Adebowale was discharged from hospital on Tuesday having been shot by police

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London.

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 at the Old Bailey on Monday.

Mr Adebowale was charged after spending six days in hospital, having been shot by police after the attack on 22 May. A second suspect remains under arrest.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, who is being treated in hospital, was also shot by armed police at the time he was arrested.

On Wednesday, a post-mortem examination found that Drummer Rigby, 25, 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 - a 9.4mm KNIL Model 91 revolver - appeared in court with a bandaged right 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 his injuries.

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 the 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.

Thousands of flowers have been laid at the scene of the killing by members of the public in honour of Drummer Rigby.

An inquest into his death will be formally opened at Southwark Coroner's Court on Friday.

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

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police has told the BNP it will not be able to hold a planned march from Woolwich Barracks to the Lewisham Islamic Centre, due to concerns it could result in "serious disorder".

Commander Simon Letchford said: "Such an evocative mix of views being expressed in communities still hurting from Lee's murder could have resulted in ugly scenes on our streets."

The BNP has been told it will be allowed to march from outside the Houses of Parliament to the Cenotaph in Whitehall between 13:00 and 16:00 BST on Saturday.

Party leader Nick Griffin later tweeted telling supporters to "ignore reports" the Woolwich march had been banned.