Woolwich Murder Accused In Court

A man accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby appeared in court for the first time.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, from Romford in Essex, was at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday 3rd June 2013 to face various charges.

He is accused of murdering Drummer Rigby, 25. Co-accused Michael Adebowale, 22, appeared at the same court last week and was refused bail during a hearing at the Old Bailey.

He'll next appear at the end of June.

Adebolajo is also accused of the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm, a 9.4mm KNIL model 91 revolver, with intent to cause others to believe that violence would be used.

Wearing a white t-shirt and white trousers, Adebolajo blew a kiss to a man in the public gallery, and they both pointed to the sky.

His left arm was fully bandaged and he held a copy of the Koran.

As he was asked to stand, Adebolajo said: "May I ask why? May I ask why?"

When told it is customary to stand, he said: "I want to sit."

Adebolajo was charged with the four counts on Saturday, having been discharged from hospital on Friday.

He was shot by police on May 22 and spent just over a week in hospital being treated for his injuries.

After standing when asked to at the end of today's short hearing, he asked Deputy Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot:

"I would like to alleviate the pain if I may?"

He then kissed the Koran and raised his arm into the air.

Adebolajo was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey within 48 hours.