The alleged murderers of Lee Rigby told police they cut his throat with a knife because ‘this is how we kill our animals in Islam’, a court was told today.
Michael Adebolajo said in an interview that ‘the most humane way to kill any creature is to cut the jugular’, the Old Bailey heard.
He allegedly also told detectives that he and Michael Adebowale targeted Fusilier Rigby because he was the first soldier that they saw while waiting near Woolwich Barracks on May 22 this year.
The two men decided to attack a soldier as ‘the most fair target’ because members of the military voluntarily put themselves in danger, the jury was told.
Adebolajo, 28, and Adebowale, 22, are accused of mowing Fusilier Rigby down in a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in front of multiple witnesses.
During a police interview from June 1 played to the court, Adebolajo, covered by a blue blanket with a copy of the Koran in front of him, said that ‘Allah had chosen’ the soldier to be his victim.
‘When I thought about obeying Allah in the past I thought maybe it is possible to kill a man by driving into him,’ he said.
‘When he crossed the road in front of me so casually it was almost as if I was not in control of myself. I accelerated, I hit him and I think I also crashed into a sign post.’
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