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Guilty: Murderers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale

The distraught family of Lee Rigby have today paid a tearful tribute to the ?brave? soldier after two British Muslim fanatics were found guilty of his murder.

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was ?mutilated, almost decapitated and murdered? by Michael Adebowale, 22, and Michael Adebolajo, 28, who ambushed him outside his military barracks in Woolwich, South East London on May 22.

During their trial Lee Rigby?s bereft family were forced to watch footage and hear gruesome accounts of the soldier being run down at 40mph and hacked to death in the street.

The jury, who will be offered counselling, took just 90 minutes to find the killer guilty of the Fusilier?s murder, but not guilty of the attempted murder of police.

Adebolajo had admitted they killed the father-of-one but claimed they were not murderers because they are ?soldiers of Allah? at ?war? with Britain over its foreign policy.

Today he kissed the Qu?ran and smiled as he was found guilty but Adebowale failed to react. They will both be sentenced next month.


Emotional: The family of Lee Rigby outside the Old Bailey, (left to right) stepfather Ian Rigby, mother Lyn Rigby, sister Sara McClure and fianc?e Aimee West

Fusilier Rigby?s family broke down in tears as the verdicts were given and Aimee West, his fianc?e, stood alongside his estranged wife Rebecca Rigby and sobbed outside the Old Bailey as a tribute to him was read.

Through Detective Inspector Pete Sparks, his loved ones said: ?No one should have to go through what we have been through as a family.

?We are satisfied that justice has been done, but unfortunately no amount of justice will bring Lee back.

?These people have taken him away from us forever but his memory lives on in all of us and we will never forget him.

?We are very proud of Lee, who served his country, and we will now focus on building a future for his son Jack, making him as proud of Lee as we all are.

?Lee will be sorely missed by his siblings, nieces, nephew and all of those who loved him.

?We now ask that we are left alone to grieve through our loss.?

David Cameron said the nation had to confront the ?poisonous narrative of the extremism?.

Speaking after the verdicts were announced, the Prime Minister told reporters in Brussels: ?The whole country was completely shocked by the murder of Lee Rigby and the whole country united in condemnation of what happened, and I?m sure everyone will welcome these verdicts today.

?I think it also shows that we have to redouble our efforts to confront the poisonous narrative of the extremism and violence that lay behind this and make sure that we do everything to beat it in our country.?

Home Secretary Theresa May said his death ?united the entire nation in condemnation?.

Speaking outside court building, Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who leads Scotland Yard?s counter-terrorism teams, said: ?Of course we utterly respect the court?s decision in finding the two men not guilty of attempted murder of a police officer.

?But I would also like to pay tribute to those firearms officers who were faced with a terrifying situation and displayed extreme courage and professionalism?.


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