Man appears in London court over killing of British soldier

LONDON (REUTERS) - A man appeared in handcuffs in a London court on Thursday charged with the killing of a British soldier on a busy London street last week.

Michael Adebowale, 22, was charged late on Wednesday with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old serving soldier.

Adebowale was arrested at the scene of the attack along with another man after being shot and detained by police. He was also charged with possession of a firearm.

Looking dazed and limping slightly, Adebowale made his first court appearance wearing white trousers and a light grey sweatshirt.

Asked to confirm his name and address in London, he only said "yes". The charges were then read out to him during the brief hearing.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Britain's central criminal court, the Old Bailey, on Monday.

Mr Rigby, a veteran of the Afghan war, was killed in broad daylight by two men in south-eastern London on May 22.

A second man, Michael Adebolajo, remains under arrest and in a stable condition in hospital.