The evidence presented to the court from the knife attack phase is mostly, and almost completely witness testimony. All of the witnesses who appeared in court in person were testifying in support of the prosecution’s account of this portion of the incident, and these numbered only three. All the pertinent reporting is included in the next chapter. This part of the book will also include a look at Adebolajo’s testimony and the issues around it; this will feature in Chapter Twenty Five.
One example of footage is supposed to have shown the moment that Lee Rigby was dragged into the road, and although this could not for some reason be shown to the public, it was shown to the court. The following court reporting seems to attribute it to the Shop Footage, but there is a problem with this that will become clear later. Suffice it to say, it will involve the presence of the white lorry and its placement so as to block this CCTV camera – this means that as we read this next extract, we need to wonder if it is truthful, and if there is after all any visual evidence that proves Adebolajo and Adebowale dragged Rigby into the road:
The attack is hidden from the sight of the camera fixed to the outside of a shop. But two small figures soon come back into shot, dragging the body of the dead 25-year-old into the road where he is dumped as a double-decker bus drives past.
‘Butchered like a joint of meat’: Jurors gasp as they are shown footage of Lee Rigby murder; Paul Peachy; 29 November 2013.
Despite the doubts, we must follow our rules here, and allow any error as misinformed, mistaken or bad journalism.
The court also saw CCTV footage that showed a party of school children in the vicinity returning from a trip to the Woolwich library, and on their way back to class at Mulgrave Primary School (see Fig. 225). This appearance happened at around about the same time as the attack was ongoing.
Images of knives supposedly brought to the scene by the two Michaels were also shown, even particular ones that were not used in the attack. These were a large blade with its handle wrapped in green plastic, and a carving knife. A photo of Adebolajo buying a set of knives at Argos a day before was also produced to link the two Michaels with the knife attack on Lee Rigby. This box, along with a knife sharpener, was apparently amongst the interior contents of the Tigra – the author understands that these items were photographed in situ in the Tigra. Pictures of blood stained knives were shown to the jury – but please note, when the Daily Mirror reported this it also misrepresents one of the blades as a machete. One could say that this is a continuation of the propagandising indulged in by the corporate-media from day one when it claimed Rigby had been decapitated with a man wielding a machete. The least that can be said is that it is an inaccuracy that perhaps should warn us about any and all of the other information that is being fed through corporate-media outlets.
The jury were shown an image of the gun that the two Michaels brought with them to the scene. In test-firing, the antiquated Dutch 9.4mm calibre gun, did not work until the parts had been oiled and lubricated. It could not have been fired in the state it was taken to the incident in. The jury were also shown graphical representations of Rigby’s injuries rather than photographs.
The following is the MailOnline’s reporting of the coroner’s testimony reproduced here verbatim.
Pathologist Dr Simon Poole examined Fusilier Rigby’s body for six hours during the post mortem on May 23. He said all the injuries were consistent with being hit by a car and attacked with bladed weapons and the cause of death was multiple incised wounds.
Jurors were shown graphic representations of the numerous injuries Fusilier Rigby sustained in the fatal attack. They included fractures to the left side of his back, consistent with a single high-energy blunt force impact which could have been the impact with the car and stab wounds to the body, neck and head.
Dr Poole said: ‘The most serious injuries to the chest were associated with extensive bleeding, injury to the lungs and the largest artery in the body the aetora. The injuries to the neck were very deep and affected the main structures in the neck – the windpipe, jugular veins, the nerves of the neck were all divided. They were deep incised wounds with associated damage to all the major structures in the front of the neck. They almost encircled the neck.’
There was a total of 14 injuries to the head and neck which had hit the bone or cartilage, the jury was told.
Dr Poole said some of the chest wounds were four inches deep and caused devastating internal injuries.
‘Some of the wounds went deep into the chest cavity and caused internal injuries – there was damage, a cut, to the right lung which had collapsed,’ he told the jury. The chest cavity had cuts to the bone, the second rib, and lungs on the right hand side. There are a pair of wounds on the right arm which could have been defensive wounds.’
Shocking damage to Lee Rigby’s ‘killers”car revealed as murder trial jurors are shown knives found at scene after vehicle struck soldier in Woolwich; Martin Robinson; 04 December 2013.