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Lee Rigby's mum told son 'to rest in peace' after sentencing

The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby said she told her son it was "time for you to rest in peace" as she watched two men being sentenced over his killing yesterday

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Woolwich attack 'designed to advance extremist views'

Sue Hemming, head of special crime and counter terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale revelled in one of the most appalling terrorist murders I have seen whilst head of counter terrorism at the CPS.

Not only was the attack brutal and calculated, it was also designed to advance extremist views.

As a solider, Fusilier Lee Rigby was targeted in a clear act of revenge, deliberately carried out in full view of members of the public for maximum impact.

Under the law, terrorism is committed by a defined act designed to influence a Government, the public or an NGO for the purpose of advancing a religious, political, ideological or racial cause.

This attack was always going to fail in that purpose as it served only to bring people together in shock, sympathy and solidarity.

In December, the two defendants were convicted of a savage murder.

Following strong argument from the prosecution, they have today been sentenced for carrying out that murder during an act of terrorism.

I know the court process has been particularly distressing for Lee Rigby’s family.

I hope they can take some small comfort from the sentences imposed today and can begin to move on.

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