'Appalling terrorist murder' - Lee Rigby killers sentenced

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'Appalling terrorist murder' - Lee Rigby killers sentenced

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The killers of British soldier Lee Rigby have been sentenced to decades behind bars.

At the Old Bailey in London, Michael Adebolajo was handed down a whole life term. Michael Adebowale was sentenced to a minimum of 45 years in prison.

The two Muslim converts were convicted in December of hacking Rigby to death in broad daylight close to his Woolwich barracks last Spring.

Adebolajo and Adebowale were sentenced in absentia after being removed from the court room for shouting and scuffling with guards.

In the killers’ absence, Justice Sweeney said: “You, Adebolajo, were the leader of this joint enterprise, albeit that Adebowale played his part enthusiastically.”

The Crown Prosecution Service called the killing an “appalling terrorist murder” designed “to advance extremist views.”

Protesters gathered outside the Old Bailey in the lead-up to the sentencing, some calling for the death penalty to be reintroduced.

Police at times struggled to control the crowd of demonstrators that included members of the far-right British National Party (BNP) and English Defence League (EDL).