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Fusilier Lee Rigby's parents unable to grieve for their son

Ten months after Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich, his mother says she hasn't been able to grieve because of legal red tape.

Lyn Rigby has been denied any of her son's possessions because his estranged wife was still classified as his next of kin.

They were speaking after a charity helped transform their garden in Middleton, a place they describe as their 'safety zone'.


Couple sentenced for Lee Rigby videos

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A British Muslim couple will be sentenced today for glorifying the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in videos posted on YouTube.

Royal Barnes, 23, and his wife, Rebekah Dawson, 22, recorded and uploaded three videos shortly after the murder in Woolwich, south-east London, in May last year.

Barnes faces jail at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to three counts of disseminating a terrorist publication and one of inciting murder. His wife, admitted charges of disseminating a terrorist publication at an earlier separate hearing but will be sentenced alongside her husband.

In one of the videos posted under his account Musa Real Talks, Barnes, of Hackney, east London, hailed the murder as a "brilliant day" and in a follow-up he mocked the outpouring of public grief, laughing uncontrollably as he drove past floral tributes with Dawson.

Barnes, who knew one of the murderers, Michael Adebowale, also posted on Facebook the offer of a reward for avenging the rape of an Iraqi woman.

The post on June 12 2013, stated: "Any1 who kills an invading soldier in Muslim land I will give them a Vauxhall Astra 3door and money (French British American any kaffir soldier take ur pick)."

Michael Adebolajo, 29, was given a whole life term and Michael Adebowale, 22, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 45 years at a hearing after being found guilty of Fusilier Rigby's murder.

The British Muslim converts ran the soldier down in a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in a frenzied attack. They dumped his body in the middle of the road near Woolwich Barracks.

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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.

“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.”

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.


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:-

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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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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