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Lee Rigby's widow hails 'justice' after killer appeals fail

The widow of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has said "justice has been done" after seeing the High Court firmly reject appeals by his killers.

A panel of three judges threw out the conviction and sentence challenges by Islamic fanatics Michael Adebolajo and sentence reduction challenge by Michael Adebowale.

Rebecca Rigby attended the Royal Courts of Justice to hear the response of leading judges to the appeals of her late husband's killers. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Rebecca Rigby, who was estranged from the soldier at the time of his death, joined her late husband's family in court and later choked back tears as she read a prepared statement outside.

I would like to thank everyone who made today's verdict possible. We are relieved that this is over and justice has been done. I would like to thank everyone for their continued support over the last 18 months and hope I can now build a future for my son Jack and ensure that (Lee's) memory lives on.

– Rebecca Rigby

Rigby's fiancée 'thankful' after killers' appeals rejected

The fiancée of murdered soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby has welcomed rulings by the Court of Appeal to reject appeals by his killers.

Lee Rigby's fiancée Aimee West (far right) with his mother, Lyn Rigby, and sister Sara McClure Credit: PA

Speaking afterwards, Aimee West said: "I am relieved and thankful with the outcome of today's hearing."

Michael Adebolajo had appealed against his conviction, while co-defendant Michael Adebowale had appealed against his life sentence.


Lee Rigby's widow sees Adebolajo appeal swiftly rejected

The widow of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has attended the Royal Courts of Justice to hear the appeals of his killers.

Rebecca Rigby, the mother of the late soldier's son Jack, attended the Court of Appeal. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Michael Adebolajo this morning lost his bid to challenge both his conviction and a whole-life sentence which condemns him to die behind bars.

The panel of three judges sitting at the High Court took just a few minutes to dismiss the argument that he had not broken the Queen's Peace, ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner has reported.

Rebecca Rigby was joined by other members of the Rigby family at the High Court. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Lawyers for his co-accused Michael Adebowale, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years, are separately arguing for a reduction in his sentence.

Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebolajo loses appeal bid

Michael Adebolajo, one of the two Islamic fanatics found guilty of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, has lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his conviction.

Michael Adebolajo and his younger accomplice Michael Adebowale killed Fusilier Rigby in broad daylight in Woolwich in May last year. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Adebolajo wanted to challenge both his conviction and his whole-life sentence for last year's killing.

The case was heard by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London with Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Openshaw.

Report into Lee Rigby killers to be released

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of of Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo as they were found guilty of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Archive

The extent of the security and intelligence agencies' prior knowledge of soldier Lee Rigby's murderers will be revealed this week as a long-awaited report from a parliamentary watchdog is finally published.

Michael Adebolajo and his younger accomplice Michael Adebowale slaughtered Fusilier Rigby in broad daylight in May last year.

It quickly emerged in the wake of the killing that secret services were aware of both Adebolajo, then 29, and Adebowale, then 22, but questions remain over whether they could have been more closely monitored.

An investigation by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which has been subject to much debate over its bite, has now concluded and a report, described by Whitehall officials as "very substantial", will be released on Tuesday.


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 mother told son it was 'time to rest in peace'

The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby said she told her son it was time for him to rest in peace as she watched the two men convicted of his death being sentenced.

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 the Old Bailey yesterday.

Lyn Rigby (centre) said she could never forgive the two men who took her son's life. Credit: PA Wire

"I told Lee, 'It's time for you to rest in peace my beautiful son. Justice has been done and sleep well until we meet again,'" Lyn Rigby told The Sun.

"These sentences bring me comfort to know Lee will suffer no more - even though our pain goes on."

The 47-year-old said she could never forgive the pair who murdered her son near Woolwich Barracks in May last year, saying her hatred for them "burns my soul".

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