Woolwich suspect 'ashamed to be British'

Last updated 06:09 05/12/2013

Relevant offers


NZ free trade agreement with the EU up for debate Driver chases runaway car on motorway Volcano 'explodes' in Alaska, alert level raised Christian-owned bakery loses discrimination ruling over refusal to make 'gay cakes' Man confesses to rape and murder of 4-year-old on live TV Plane crashes on takeoff at Malta airport, five aboard killed British politician John Rees-Evans apologises for claim that a gay donkey tried to rape his stallion Shakespeare's Henry VI co-author finally gets a writing credit, 400 years on France rumbles 'The Jungle': Fear and questions hang over doomed migrant camp Iceland braces for a Pirate Party takeover, as Western politics continues 2016 shake-up

One of two men accused of hacking to death a soldier on a London street told police he was ashamed to be British, a court heard today.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of running over Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, as he crossed a street in Woolwich, southeast London, in May before attacking his unconscious body with a meat cleaver and knives.

The prosecution has said the two suspects dragged Rigby's body into the middle of the road for as many people to see as possible.

Today, the Old Bailey jury saw a video interview recorded a month after the attack in which Adebolajo, wearing a blue blanket over his head and upper body, told police that wars in Muslim countries had soured his feelings towards his country of birth.

"My shame with being called British begins when that title British is associated with the murder, pillaging and rape of innocent people. It disgusts me to the core," London-born Adebolajo said in the interview.

Both defendants, who deny murder, sat silently in the dock as the video was played of Adebolajo, who has asked the court to be referred to as Mujahid Abu Hamza.

The jury also heard that Adebolajo had "no signs of mental disorder" in written evidence read by the prosecutor from consultant forensic psychiatrist Tim McInerney.

The trial is expected to last another two weeks.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content