Wollwich murder accused offers no evidence in defence

Wollwich murder accused offers no evidence in defence

One of the men accused of murdering Lee Rigby has offered no evidence in his defence.

Jurors at the Old Bailey were told not to draw any adverse inference from the fact that Michael Adebowale, 22, decided not to give or call any evidence in the case.

He and another man, Michael Adebolajo, 29, are accused of running the soldier down in a car and then hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.

Abbas Lakha QC, for Adebowale, told the court: “I offer no evidence.”

Mr Justice Sweeney told the jury of eight women and four men: “That means that the evidence is now over. It means that the second defendant has chosen neither to give nor to call any evidience.

“May I tell you straightaway that you are not to draw any inference adverse to him from the fact that he has chosen not to give evidence.

“As I told you at the outset, the law is for me. I give you directions about it which you must follow.”

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