The closing speeches were delivered today in the case of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s death in Woolwich earlier this year, and the jurors in the case heard the prosecution and defence’s statements.
Today the Old Bailey heard that the suspects had no defence to the charge of murder, after Michael Adebowale, 22, refused to gie evidence and Michael Adebolajo, 28, told the court that he committed the murder as a “soldier of Allah”.
Judge Justice Sweeney told the court:
I have ruled that nothing he [Adebolajo] said in evidence, such as he was a soldier of Allah, amounts to a law to a defence to this count.
That said the onus remains on the prosecution to prove, so that you feel sure, the required elements of that offence against each defendant.
It remains open to defence counsel to argue in their speeches in relation to count one [murder] that the prosecution have failed to prove one or more of these elements.
The judge then went on to say that the suspects will not be charged for the attempted murder of a police officer as their murder charges would cover the outcome.
Neither side will suffer any disadvantage as a result of its removal so for good reason I am going to discharge you from any further consideration of count two and it will play no part in my directions of law to you in due course.
Both suspects deny murder, conspiracy to murder and the attempted murder of police officers.
The trial continues.