Murder accused to stand trial

Fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, was murdered in Woolwich in May
Fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, was murdered in Woolwich in May

The two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby are due to appear in court today (Monday) as they prepare to stand trial at the Old Bailey.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are charged with murdering the Fusilier as he walked back to Woolwich Barracks in south-east London on May 22.

They are also each accused of attempting to murder a police officer on the same day, and conspiracy to murder a police officer on or before that day.

Far-right protesters are expected to gather outside the court building this morning. The British National Party invited groups such as the English Defence League to congregate from around 9am.

The case itself is listed for a mention hearing at 2pm.

Father-of-one Fusilier Rigby, 25, who married in Southowram, died of multiple cut and stab wounds when he was attacked as he returned to the barracks after spending the day at the Tower of London.

Adebolajo, from Romford in Essex, has asked to be known as Mujaahid Abu Hamza in court, while Adebowale, from Greenwich, south-east London, has asked to be called Ismail Ibn Abdullah.