Eye witnesses told the Old Bailey today how the two men accused of murdering Drummer Lee Rigby smirked and “looked very proud of what they had done.”
A grandmother, Tina Nimmo, wept in the witness box as she told how she begged the two armed men to stop as they hacked at the soldier’s defenceless body.
Bravely ignoring the danger she ran from her parked car across the road to confront the two men.
“I was quite near. They were holding their weapons up. I was shouting and swearing at them. I wanted them to stop,” she told the jury.
“You have just got to do what you have to do and that’s what I had to do but they didn’t stop.
“They posed a bit more. They looked at if they were very proud of what they had in their hands.”
Mrs Nimmo’s daughter Michelle said in a statement read to the court: “They were waving them in the air. They looked very proud of what they had done.”
She said one of the armed men was posing for pictures passers-by were taking with their mobile phones.
“Then he turned around and he had a smirk on his face,” she said.
Earlier the Old Bailey heard Drummer Rigby was murdered in revenge for the actions of British troops in Afghanistan.
The soldier was mown down as he crossed a road in Woolwich and then hacked to death by two men who tossed his lifeless body into the road, the jury has been told.
An eye witness told the court today how she saw the stricken body wearing a Help for Heroes sweatshirt lying in the road and confronted a man armed with knives and blood on his hands.
In a statement read to the court Vicky Cave, a trained first aider, said she had gone to help but the armed man was “shouting stuff about religion.”
“He said: ‘These soldiers go to our land, kill and bomb our people – so an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’”
She asked him: “Are you going to hurt her?” in a reference to another passer-by who was tending to the victim.
She said he replied: “No, the women and children are safe.” She went on: “Then he began walking about religion and Afghanistan and the damage they (British soldiers) had done.”
By this time he was holding a weapon she described as “like an old fashioned cowboy gun” and she backed away and called 999.
She said the man told her: “You need to keep back when the police and soldiers get here.”
Minutes later armed police arrived and shot both suspects.
Father-of-one Fusilier Rigby, 25, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, died of multiple cut and stab wounds in May this year.
Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have both pleaded not guilty to murdering the Fusilier. They have also pleaded not guilty to attempting to murder a police officer, and conspiracy to murder a police officer.
Adebolajo has asked to be known as Mujaahid Abu Hamza in court, while Adebowale has asked to be called Ismail Ibn Abdullah.
The case continues.
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