Lee Rigby killer Adebolajo loses first stage of appeal

Michael Adebolajo has lost the first stage of a bid to challenge his conviction and sentence for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

The Judicial Office said permission to appeal was refused by a judge, but that Adebolajo has renewed both appeals.

Michael Adebolajo was sentenced to a whole-life term for Lee Rigby's murder. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Court of Appeal will now consider both applications at a hearing in London.

Adebolajo was sentenced in February to a whole-life term for the murder of Rigby, who was mowed down and hacked to death in Woolwich in May 2013.

Adebolajo's friend Michael Adebowale, 23, was jailed for a minimum term of 45 years for his role in the 25-year-old's death.