Lee Rigby killers jailed at the Old Bailey

Two men who murdered a fusilier from Greater Manchester will be sentenced today.

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Rigby's fiancee finds 'some comfort' in killers' sentences

Aimee West was serving in Afghanistan on the day Lee Rigby was murdered. Credit: ITV's This Morning

The fiancee of Lee Rigby has told ITV's This Morning that she will take comfort from the life sentences given to the two men who killed him.

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“It’s definitely some sort of comfort to know that I’m never going to bump into them in the streets and that they’re never going to be out again," Aimee West said.

"But I’m never going to see Lee again, that’s never going to bring Lee back.”

She said Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale scuffling with security guards in the dock yesterday rekindled some painful images.

"Just to see them kick off in the way that they did and start shouting, it was quite violent and just brought it all back. Just the images going round in your head again of that day in May, what it would have been like to be there.”

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Lee Rigby's fiancee appears on This Morning

Lee Rigby's fiancee Aimee West has been speaking of her grief on This Morning. His killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are beginning life sentences after they murdered him in broad daylight near his barracks in Woolwich.

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Aimee is so brave to speak about Lee, beautiful tribute for such a sad story @itvthismorning

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Such a sad interview but what an amazing strong woman. Lovely to hear about lee as a person and not just a murder victim @itvthismorning

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Such a sad interview but what an amazing strong woman. Lovely to hear about lee as a person and not just a murder victim @itvthismorning

Video: Killers of soldier Lee Rigby jailed for life

There were fights and tears in court as a judge sentenced the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby to life in prison.

Michael Adebolajo will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Michael Adebowale was given a minimum of 45 years.

They were sentenced in their absence after they started a scuffle and were dragged from court.

Lee Rigby's family wept as the judge spoke.

Elaine Willcox has the background to the case:-

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Judge to killers: 'You both gloried in what you did'

Sentencing the killers, Mr Justice Sweeney said Lee Rigby "had done absolutely nothing to deserve what you went on to do to him."

Mr Justice Sweeney added: "It is no exaggeration to say that what the two of you did resulted in a bloodbath."

Adebolajo tried to behead the soldier while Adebowale stabbed him in the chest.

"You both gloried in what you had done," the judge told the court, and said it had a "severe and lasting impact" on his loved ones.

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Soldier's family say murderers got "right prison terms"

Lee Rigby's family arrive at the Old Bailey for his killers' sentencing Credit: ITV

Lee Rigby's family said Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale have received the "right prison terms" adding: "We feel satisfied that justice has been served for Lee."

Michael Adebolajo will spend the rest of his life behind bars having been given a whole life jail term.

Michael Adebowale was given a minimum of 45 years.

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Scuffle breaks out as defendants told they betray Islam

The struggle in the dock at the Old Bailey was triggered when Adebolajo and Adebowale - both wearing Islamic robes - reacted angrily to comments that Mr Justice Sweeney made about their extremist beliefs.

Adebolajo and Adebowale appear at the Old Bailey in front of Mr Justice Sweeney. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

He told them: "You each converted to Islam some years ago. Thereafter you were radicalised and each became an extremist, espousing views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam."

Adebowale protested that this was a lie, ranting about America and Britain, and his accomplice joined in, screaming "allahu akbar" and hurling abuse at the prison guards who grappled him to the ground.

Both men were grabbed around the face as guards struggled to control them, and taken down to the cells.The soldier's family were visibly distressed, and one relative needed medical treatment.

Soldier's killers jailed for life after court room scuffles

Lee Rigby from Middleton, Greater Manchester was murdered by the pair in Woolwich Credit: Ministry of Defence

There were fights and tears in court as a judge sentenced the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby to life in prison.

Michael Adebolajo will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Michael Adebowale was given a minimum of 45 years.

They were sentenced in their absence after they started a scuffle and were dragged from court.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale Credit: Metropolitan Police
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