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Lee Rigby murder defendant has ‘no regret or remorse’

IN COURT: A sketch of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale on trial at the Old Bailey (PA)

AN OLD Bailey court has heard how one of the men accused of murdering British soldier Lee Rigby took “little joy” in killing and that he showed no signs of “regret or remorse” over the brutal murder.

Members of the jury at the murder trial of Rigby, 25, who was hacked to death on May 22 in Woolwich, southeast London, were presented with a psychiatrist’s assessment and recordings of police interviews with Michael Adebolajo, 28, who is accused of the army soldier’s murder.

Both he and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murdering Rigby and attempted murder of a police officer.

They deny both charges.

In a statement read to the court, consultant forensic psychiatrist Tim McInnerney said Adebolajo poses a “continuing risk to the British military… on the basis of his religious beliefs and because British soldiers were killing people in the Middle East”.

The defendant underwent a series of interviews with McInnerney in the days after Rigby had been murdered in broad daylight - a horrific crime that was caught by members of the public on mobile phone footage.

The psychiatrist added in his statement that the murder suspect, from Romford, Essex, “showed no signs of regret or remorse”.

The jury also heard via a video recording of a police interview about what Adebolajo thought of himself when questioned about the murder.

In it he is heard to say he took “little joy to approach anybody and slay them” and that he was not “not a man who enjoys watching horror movies. This is not my character.”

The defendant added that there is no shame in being called British having grown up here, but “that word British is now associated with murder, pillaging and rape”.

The trial continues.

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