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Lee Rigby murder defendant shown buying knives

MURDER VICTIM: Lee Rigby seen on CCTV exiting Woolwich DLR before he was killed

ONE OF the men accused of the brutal murder of soldier Lee Rigby has been shown buying knives on CCTV footage presented to a jury before he is alleged to have attacked and killed the army drummer in Woolwich, southeast London.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, is seen in the footage purchasing a five-knife set and sharpener from an Argos shop in Lewisham, southeast London, a day before the 25-year-old fusilier was hacked to death on the street on May 22.

Adebolajo and fellow suspect Michael Adebowale, 22, are both accused of the soldier’s murder, attempted murder of a police officer and possession of weapons with intent to harm.

They both deny the charges of murder and attempted murder, but have admitted to the possession charges.

Today is the second day of the trial which began on Friday (Nov 29) following several delays.

The defendants have told the judge that they want to be referred to during the trial by different names – Adebolajo, of Romford, Essex, wants to be called Mujaahid Abu Hamza, while Adebolwale, from Greenwich, southeast London, wants to be known as Ismail Ibn Abdullah.

The court has seen footage of the Vauxhall Tigra that knocked down Rigby before he was murdered.

Prosecutors allege that Adebolajo and Adebowale targeted Rigby with the car before conspiring to murder him as the walked back to his army barracks in Woolwich.

Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said Rigby’s murder was a “cowardly and callous” act.

The trial continues.

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