Search

Lee Rigby’s Romford killer to be sentenced after court rules “life means life”

17:28 18 February 2014

Michael Adebolajo. Picture: Met Police

Michael Adebolajo. Picture: Met Police

Archant

Romford killer Michael Adebolajo will be sentenced next week following a decision today by Court of Appeal judges that “life means life” for prisoners.

Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwhich, murdered Fusilier Rigby in Woolwhich in May and a jury at the Old Bailey found them guilty in December but their sentencing was put on hold by trial judge Mr Justice Sweeney while the latest judgement was awaited.

The Strasbourg-based human rights court decided seven months ago that all convictions should be reviewed after 25 years but today, the Government’s argument that “life should mean life” in the “most heinous cases” was backed by the appeal judges.

They will now be sentenced at the Old Bailey on February 26.

The father of Kirk Redpath, a Romford soldier killed in Iraq and former classmate of Adebolajo at Marshalls Park School, hails the ruling a triumph.

Colin Redpath, 56, of Hornchurch said: “Life should mean life in murders like that.

“As I said before, I still believe in the death penalty for them.

“I agree with the ruling.

“They have human rights and will get medical treatment and three meals a day.

“If you haven’t got the death penalty then [life imprisonment] is the next best thing.”

It is believed that Adebolajo attended Kirk’s funeral in 2007. L/Cpl Redpath was killed aged 22 by an improvised explosive devise (IED).

Havering residents took to the Recorder’s Facebook page to discuss the ruling’s effect on Adebolajo’s sentencing.

Mike Weller said: “He should have the death penalty. Take a life, lose your own.”

Kim Parker said: “It shouldn’t mean anything else but life.”

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 23:25
Derek Bernstein

A 24-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving after a fatal hit-and-run incident earlier this year.

Yesterday, 15:00
Bad Manners performing at havering Show

Buster Bloodvessel, the eccentric, bald-headed, frontman of ska band Bad Manners has pledged to get his audience to their feet as he closes this year’s Havering Show.

Yesterday, 12:00
Richard Skeats in his computer room

A computer whizz has been unable to get a job for 10 years because he has Asperger’s syndrome, and instead offers his services in exchange for hot food.

Yesterday, 10:00
Havering Town Hall.

Start-ups are set to get a leg-up from a new company aiming to help new businesses in the borough.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder