As it happened: Two guilty of Lee Rigby murder

Key points

  • Two men are found guilty of murdering soldier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London in May
  • Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, struck Fusilier Rigby with a car before hacking him to death
  • The men did not deny the killing, but Adebolajo claimed he was a "soldier of Allah" and the attack was an act of war
  • Adebolajo and Adebowale are found not guilty of attempting to murder a police officer at the scene
  • Mr Justice Sweeney says he will pass sentence on the two men in January

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Reporting:

  • Penny Spiller 
  • Holly Wallis 
  • Sean Clare 

Last updated 19 December 2013

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Two men have been found guilty of murdering soldier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London in May. Follow all the latest news and reaction here.

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Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are convicted over the May attack in which they ran down Fusilier Rigby in a car and then hacked him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in front of onlookers.

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The jury at the Old Bailey took approximately 90 minutes to find Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale guilty.

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A still of Lee Rigby at Woolwich DLR station on 22 May 2013

During the trial, the court was presented with a selection of key evidence - including this still of Fusilier Rigby at Woolwich station shortly before the attack. He is off-duty, wearing a Help for Heroes hoodie and a backpack.

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Relatives of Fusilier Rigby were in tears as the verdict was delivered.

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The pair were cleared of the attempted murder of a police officer.

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Judge Mr Justice Sweeney ordered that the decisions be heard in silence.

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Neither Adebolajo nor Adebowale had been able to offer any real defence for the barbaric attack during their trial, which was beset by legal delays.

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Michael Adebolajo told the jury that his defence was that he was a soldier of Allah. Michael Adebowale did not testify and called no witnesses.