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Follow our live updates from the Old Bailey from the third day of the trial of two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby.


11:35 am

Grandmother Tina Nimmo choked back tears in the witness box as she described the attack on Lee Rigby.

She told jurors she saw one man “chopping down at something on the floor.”

Ms Nimmo said she started shouting at the two men to stop.

“They were just holding their weapons up. I wanted them to stop.

“Then this whole bus load of people wanted to come and have a look and it just made it more difficult to control.”

She said she shouted “hang back, he’s got a gun” but people continued to approach the scene.

The men then “posed a bit more, very proud of what they had in their hands,” she added.

Ms Nimmo continued to try and prevent traffic from approaching the scene and warn people away.

“These chaps weren’t going anywhere,” she added. “It just became obvious something was going to happen.”

She was still at the scene when the two men were shot by armed police.


11:26 am

Michelle Nimmo, who was driving near the barracks with her baby and mother, said: ‘I saw what looked like a car crash on the other side of the road.

“There was a man lying face down in front of this car, covered in blood. There were two men leaning over him.

“These men began repeatedly attacking the man on the ground, chopping away at him all over.

“I parked my car opposite the scene of the attack. My mum got out and walked towards the attacker.

“I shouted at my mum to get back as I was worried about her safety, but she wanted to help the man on the floor.

“The men then dragged the man into the road by his top half.

“People wanted to help the man on the floor but any attempts to get close were met from threatening gestures with the knives and the gun.”

The two men then walked away.

Ms Nimmo added: “They looked very proud of what they had done.

“My mother approached the victim but the man with the gun waved it in a threatening manner so she moved back.”

One of them then posed for a photo taken by a member of the public, she said.

“When he turned round he had a smirk on his face.”

Miss Nimmo added: “They stood around looking proud and posing with the gun and knives. All the crowds of people gathering were screaming and shouting.”

At one point an elderly lady with a trolley walked past the bloodstained attacker.


11:22 am

Jurors were shown a mobile phone video of Adebolajo, holding a meat cleaver in his hand, telling members of the public:

“The only reason we have killed this man today is Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers and this is one of those soldiers so an eye for an eye.

“We will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. When you drop a bomb do you think it picks one person to kill or wipes out a whole family.

“We must fight – an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth.

“I apologise that women had to see this today but in our land they see worse every day.

“David Cameron will be caught in the street. Get rid of the troops bring them back. Leave our lands.”


11:21 am

Jurors were read a note handed to a witness by Adebolajo, which claimed the ‘carnage’ was carried out in retaliation for repression in Muslim lands.

“To my beloved children know that to fight Allah’s enemies is an obligation. The proofs of which are so numerous that but a handful of any of them cuts out the bewitching tongues of the Munafiqeen.

“Do not spend your days in endless dispute with the cowardly and foolish if it means it will delay you meeting Allah’s enemies on the battlefield.

“Sometimes the cowardly and foolish could be those dearest to you so be prepared to turn away from them. When you set out on this path do not look left or right.

“Seek Shaheedala oh my sons so that you might be raised together and if its Allah’s decree that you are not to be in the hearts of green birds.

“Then be ready for to enter the University of Joosuf Sijn. Be patient there and be firm there and inshallah you will meet your Lord with him pleased with you.

“Verily Allah is with those who are patient. If I live beyond this day and you find me talking other than this then know that perhaps Allah has left me to stray.

“If you find yourself curious as to why carnage is reaching your own towns then know its simply retaliation for your oppression in our towns.

“Many of your people are aristocrats that directly benefit from invasion of our lands without material loss.

“Whereas the average Joe Bloggs working class man loses his sons when they are killed by our brothers.

“When the heat of battle reaches YOUR local street its unlikely that any of your so called politicians will be at risk or caught in the crossfire so I suggest you remove them.

“Remove them and replace them with people who will secure your safety by the immediate withdrawal from the affairs of the Muslims.

“Muslims will trade with you on fair terms but understand that the days of your international armed robbery is drawing to a close.

“To humble yourselves willingly is better for you. May Allah guide your nation to the truth.”


10:59 am

Vikki Cave said in a statement read to the court: “I noticed people standing around. I saw a body in the street, a lady crying.

“My first thought was to stop because someone had been run over. I spoke to the lady who said ‘he’s been stabbed’.”

As a first aid trainer i wanted to check to see if i could do anything.

‘I saw the mixed race lady sat on the floor. She said “there’s nothing to be done, he’s gone.”

He was wearing a blue help for heroes top. I could see a lot of blood and could tell a major artery had been severed.

Miss Cave described how both men were armed with knives and machete.

She added: “The taller man had blood on his hands.

“He was saying, shouting stuff about religion ‘these solders go to our lands, kill / bomb our people, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.’

“I spoke to him: ‘Are you going to hurt her?’

“He replied: ‘No, women and children are safe. You need to keep back when the police and army arrive.’

“They then started talking about soldiers and Afghanistan and the damage done.”


10:43 am

The jury were shown CCTV footage of the killers dragging the body of Lee Rigby into the middle of the road, causing traffic to stop.

Drivers can be seen manoeuvring their cars to drive away and a man wheels a bicycle right past the body.

Council CCTV footage also shows the men wandering around on the pavement holding bloodstained knives.

Several brave members of the public, including grandmother Tina Nimmo, approach the men.

Amanda Donnelly Martin then runs up to the body of Lee Rigby and cradles him in her arms.


10:43 am

Day three of the Lee Rigby murder trial is due to get underway this morning.

Yesterday jurors at the Old Bailey heard a series of graphic eyewitness accounts in the trial of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

Fusilier Rigby’s widow Rebecca left the oak-panelled courtroom weeping as statements described how her husband was allegedly murdered as he walked back to Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.

Earlier in the day, the jury was shown images of Adebolajo on May 21 purchasing a five-piece set of knives and a knife sharpener at the Lewisham branch of Argos.

They were also shown CCTV stills of the car being driven by Adebolajo at different locations in Lewisham, Greenwich and Woolwich.

Adebolajo, 28, and Adebowale, 22, are accused of running the soldier over and hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives.

They deny a charge of murder, as well as further counts of attempting to murder a police officer and conspiracy to murder a police officer.


The case was adjourned to tomorrow.

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