Woolwich murder: Man pleads guilty to Rigby videos

Royal Barnes and Rebekah Dawson in videos Royal Barnes and his wife Rebekah Dawson posted three videos on YouTube

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A British Muslim has pleaded guilty to posting videos on YouTube glorifying the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Royal Barnes, 23, of Hackney, east London, recorded and uploaded three videos shortly after the murder in Woolwich, south-east London, last May.

In one of the videos, he hailed the murder as a "brilliant day" and in another he mocked the outpouring of public grief, the Old Bailey heard.

His wife Rebekah Dawson, 22, also uploaded the videos online.

The trial has been adjourned for sentencing reports to be prepared.

Terrorist publications

In one of the videos posted under his account Musa Real Talks, Barnes laughed uncontrollably as he drove past floral tributes for Fusilier Rigby.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of disseminating a terrorist publication and one of inciting murder.

His wife, who had insisted on wearing a veil in court, had admitted disseminating a terrorist publication at a previous hearing and is awaiting sentence.

Barnes, who associated with one of Fusilier Rigby's murderers Michael Adebowale, also posted on Facebook the offer of a reward for avenging the rape of an Iraqi woman.

Lee Rigby Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich, south London, in May 2013

The post on June 12, 2013, stated: "Any1 who kills an invading soldier in Muslim land I will give them a Vauxhall Astra 3door and money (French British American any kaffir soldier take ur pick)."

None of his 500 friends replied to the request.

Sharia law patrols

Barnes, who is a member of the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun - or Muslims Against Crusades - had taken part in demonstrations advocating Sharia Law in the UK, including a protest in December 2012, outside St Paul's Cathedral with Adebowale.

He had also been involved in Sharia law patrols in London, ordering women in short skirts to cover up and telling people to stop drinking alcohol.

The court was shown three videos, the first one included a clip of one of the Woolwich murderers talking with a knife in his hand in front of Fusilier Rigby's body. Following the footage Barnes appears on camera warning David Cameron that the attack would not be the last.

Royal Barnes Royal Barnes was filmed by his wife mocking tributes to Fusilier Lee Rigby

He said: "You are not safe here, do you understand? British soldiers, you are not safe on the streets of London."

The second video shows Dawson in a face veil behind a title: "British troops kill Muslims so they will die on London streets".

'Act of terrorism'

Officers also found other videos after searching Barnes' home in Ferme Park Road, Harringay, in one clip Barnes is at a Tube station pretending to be a suicide bomber on the platform.

Commander Richard Walton, head of the Counter Terrorism Command at the Met Police, said the murder had "shocked the nation".

"We will target and prosecute anyone who glorifies and encourages terrorism in this way; to do so is an act of terrorism itself," he said.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, will be sentenced later this month after they were found guilty of murdering Fusilier Rigby.

The British Muslim converts ran the soldier down in a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in a frenzied attack.

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