Two men almost decapitated British soldier on London road, court hears

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Posted: Nov 29, 2013 6:23 AM
Two men almost decapitated British soldier on London road, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) - Two men who killed a British soldier in broad daylight on a London street in a "cowardly and callous murder" tried to behead their victim after they had deliberately run him over, a court was told on Friday.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, knocked down Lee Rigby, 25, as he crossed a street in Woolwich in southeast London on the afternoon of May 22 before setting upon his unconscious body with a meat cleaver and knives.

"He was repeatedly stabbed and it appears it was Michael Adebolajo made a serious and almost successful attempt to decapitate Lee Rigby with multiple blows to his neck made with the meat cleaver," prosecutor Richard Whittam told London's Old Bailey criminal court at the start of the men's trial.

"They had committed a cowardly and callous murder by deliberately attacking an unarmed man in civilian clothes from behind, using a vehicle as a weapon," Whittam added.

Both men deny the murder which horrified Britain. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

(Reporting by Michael Holden and Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison)