Woolwich Murder: Footage Shows Killers Michael Adebolajo & Michael Adebowale Buying Knives Before Hacking Soldier To Death

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These chilling CCTV images show Michael Adebolajo buying kitchen knives and petrol in the hours before the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

The suspected Islamic terrorist, wearing a black beanie hat, was filmed the day before the killing as he paid £24.99 for a set of five knives at Argos.

He also bought a knife sharpener. The next day, he was filmed as he filled his car with petrol.

The day before the murder Adebolajo was captured on CCTV at an Argos store in Lewisham, south east London, buying a five-piece knife set and a sharpener kitThe day before the murder Adebolajo was captured on CCTV at an Argos store in Lewisham, south east London, buying a five-piece knife set and a sharpener kit.

Adebolajo smiles as he pays for his petrol, hours before the attack on Mr RigbyThe suspected Islamic terrorist smiles as he pays for his petrol, hours before the attack on Mr Rigby

 

The Vauxhall Tigra (bottom left) drives along Wellington Street, Woolwich, an hour before the murderThe Vauxhall Tigra (bottom left) drives along Wellington Street, Woolwich, an hour before the murder

 

When he did not have any money to pay, he left his mobile phone as a deposit, instructing the Tesco assistant not to answer it, before returning with cash.

The images were shown to an Old Bailey jury yesterday.

 

Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murdering Mr Rigby near Woolwich Barracks, South East London, in May.

One bystander said Adebolajo had ‘pure evil’ in his eyes as he hacked the 25-year-old soldier to death with a meat cleaver.

Adebolajo enters Argos in Lewisham on May 21Adebolajo enters Argos in Lewisham on May 21

The car was captured on CCTV driving up and down Artillery Place from 1.30pm - the Fusilier died there at around 2.30pmThe car was captured on CCTV driving up and down Artillery Place from 1.30pm – the Fusilier died there at around 2.30pm.

Other witnesses described how the men behaved like ‘animals’ as they mutilated their victim after running him down in a car.

One mistook the soldier for the victim of a gang feud. Others thought the attackers were trying to resuscitate him as his body rocked from their blows.

Mr Rigby’s widow Rebecca fled court in tears as horrific details of his final moments were described.

His sister Sara McClure, fiancée Aimee West and other family members sat in silence yards from the alleged killers.

In the dock: Michael Adebolajo, 28, left, and Michael Adebowale, right, listen to evidence on the second day of their trial where witnesses said they had looked 'pure evil' and 'mad' when they allegedly murdered Lee RigbyIn the dock: Michael Adebolajo, 28, left, and Michael Adebowale, right, listen to evidence on the second day of their trial where witnesses said they had looked ‘pure evil’ and ‘mad’ when they allegedly murdered Lee Rigby

 

Victim: Lee Rigby was run down by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in this Tigra after they had circled the area for a victim, the Old Bailey heard todayVictim: Lee Rigby was run down by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in this Tigra after they had circled the area for a victim, the Old Bailey heard today

Rebecca Rigby, widow of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby, who fled the court ion tears today
Aimee West, fiancée of the fusilier was also in court

Bereft: Rebecca Rigby, left, the estranged wife of Lee Rigby fled the court in tears today. Aimee West, right, the fiancée of the fusilier was also in court

 

Last seen: Drummer Rigby was seen here getting off a DLR train at Woolwich Arsenal Station, just before he died on May 22Last seen: Drummer Rigby was seen here getting off a DLR train at Woolwich Arsenal Station, just before he died on May 22

Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said witnesses were left in shock, with some unable to sleep for days, by the barbarity of the attack.

He said the pavement was left  covered in blood.

Message: The jury have been shown this video where suspect Michael Adebolajo was shown with bood on his hands and holding a knife and a meat cleaverMessage: The jury have been shown this video where suspect Michael Adebolajo was shown with blood on his hands and holding a knife and a meat cleaver

Cheralee Armstrong, 38, said the attack was so ferocious that it was as if the two men were trying to remove the victim’s organs.

‘At first I thought they were resuscitating a man on the floor after a car crash,’ she said.

One of the attackers ‘kept ramming the two knives into the man on the floor’.

She added: ‘When the knives came up I could see the whole length of the blades, which were covered in blood. It seemed like they were trying to remove his organs from his torso.

‘I then got out of the car and shouted, “Stop, stop”. The man in the hat was staring at me. His expression was blank, but pure evil and his eyes were bulging.’

Miss Armstrong said the two killers threw Mr Rigby’s body into the road ‘like it was a  rubbish bag’.

‘The men were behaving like animals, prancing around. One was talking and chanting some words, but I couldn’t hear what he was saying. He looked mad, like he had escaped from the mental hospital.’

James Henegan, 39, who had been with Miss Armstrong, wiped away tears as he told the jury he thought he was going to be shot when one of the men pointed a gun at him.

Adebolajo’s barrister David Gottlieb asked him if he knew there was ‘nothing he could have done’ to change what happened to Mr Rigby.

Emotional: Cheralee Armstrong and James Henegan witnessed Lee Rigby's death and Adebolajo's QC told him today: 'My client is very anxious for you to know there was nothing you could have done to stop it'Emotional: Cheralee Armstrong and James Henegan (pictured outside court) witnessed Lee Rigby’s death and Adebolajo’s QC told him today: ‘My client is very anxious for you to know there was nothing you could have done to stop it.

When Mr Henegan, replied ‘Yes’, the barrister added: ‘My client is very anxious that you should know that.’

Electrician Thomas Seymour said he assumed the killing was gang or drug-related because of the ‘craziness of what was going on’.

He said he thought the victim was black ‘but after a short while I realised this was because he was covered in blood’.

Others saw the men ‘playing to the cameras’ as people filmed the aftermath of the attack on their mobile phones.

Via – DailyMail

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