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One of the men accused of murdering solider Lee Rigby told police it gave him “little joy to approach anybody and slay them”, the Old Bailey has heard.

The jury heard Michael Adebolajo make the statement in a video of a police interview played to the court.

Fusilier Rigby was killed as he walked back to his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, on 22 May.

Mr Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, deny murdering the soldier.

Both men also deny attempting to murder a police officer and conspiracy to murder a police officer.

Psychiatrist assessment
In the video shown to the court, Mr Adebolajo speaks at length to the police, saying he was “not a man who enjoys watching horror movies. This is not my character”.

The defendant had a blue blanket covering his head for much of the interview, during which he said he was not ashamed of being called British.

He said he was born here, grew up here, he was raised here and educated here and experienced many good things here.

But he continued: “That word British is now associated with murder, pillaging and rape.”

Earlier the court heard how a psychiatrist who assessed Mr Adebolajo concluded that he does not have a mental disorder.

 

The expert who assessed Mr Adebolajo said he was polite and co-operative and had mental capacity, the jury was told.

The statement read to the Old Bailey on behalf of consultant forensic psychiatrist Tim McInnerney, who interviewed Mr Adebolajo at King’s College Hospital on three occasions, said the defendant had been keen to talk about the incident that led to his arrest.

‘No remorse’
Mr Adebolajo stressed that he had not been taking any illicit substances and had not been feeling unwell in the run-up to the events of 22 May.

The defendant “showed no signs of regret or remorse” about what happened, the psychiatrist said.

Mr McInnerney added that Mr Adebolajo warned he would be a “continuing risk to the British military”.

His actions had been “on the basis of his religious beliefs and because British soldiers were killing people in the Middle East”, Mr Adebolajo had told Mr McInnerney .

Mr Adebolajo told the psychiatrist that he was concerned about the impact the events in Woolwich would have on his family.

In their final meeting on 31 May, Mr Adebolajo said he had no concerns about his medical care and that he was aware he would be transferred to police custody and interviewed.

At the start of the fourth day of the trial, the jury was shown a series of photographs taken at the scene of the killing, including a bloodied machete, two knives, and a letter that Adebolajo had handed to members of the public at the scene of the attack.

The trial continues.

See on www.bbc.co.uk

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