Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebowale ill in hospital with COVID19
One of the men who killed British Army soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebowale, is fighting for his life in hospital with COVID19, according to Daily Mirror.
The 29-year-old contracted the virus at Broadmoor, where he is serving a 45 years sentence for murdering, 25-year-old Lee Rigby outside his barracks in Woolwich, South London in 2013.
He was convicted alongside Michael Adebolajo, now 36, who is serving a life term. Adebolajo and Adebowale ran down the soldier in a car, then hacked him to death in a frenzied machete and knife attack.
Confronted with gory closed-circuit TV footage, grueling witness testimony and Adebolajo’s own defense that he had “no choice” in Rigby’s killing, as he was “a soldier of Allah.”
On 26 February 2014, the jury sentenced the two defendants for brutal murder.
However, reports have stated that Adebowale is “fighting for every breath” after contracting COVID-19 in prison.
Lee’s mum Lyn Rigby said “it would not be justice for COVID-19 to take this man prematurely and end the sentence handed to him.”
Adebowale was said to have tested positive for the virus two weeks ago, and is receiving oxygen but not on a ventilator.
“It’s reached the stage where it’s a 24/7 battle. If he deteriorates much further, intensive care would be the next step.”
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