Lee Rigby killer to appeal whole-life prison term

Michael Adebolajo has launched an appeal against his whole-life term Photo: ITV News

Michael Adebolajo, who was one of the two murderers of soldier Lee Rigby, has launched an appeal against his whole-life prison term, the Judicial Office confirmed today.

Adebolajo was sentenced at the Old Bailey in February alongside Michael Adebowale, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years.

The pair were sentenced for butchering the 25-year-old father of one in broad daylight near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22 last year.

Relatives of Fusilier Rigby said "'Justice has been served" after Adebolajo was given the whole-life term, which condemns him to die behind bars.

Lee Rigby

Adebolajo was given a whole-life term because the judge felt the 29-year-old, who has two children and four stepchildren, was the leader of the murderous plot and had "no real prospect of rehabilitation".