- Michael Adebolajo lashed out at officers at Belmarsh Prison in 2013
- His head 'hit a window but he refused medical attention after incident'
- Five officers suspended on full pay during six-week police investigation
- Exact figure for claim unknown but similar cases have sought £20,000
The jihadi extremist who murdered Lee Rigby is trying to seek compensation from the taxpayer after his teeth were knocked out in prison.
Michael Adebolajo lashed out at officers who were trying to escort him to his cell in July 2013. His head reportedly hit a window but he refused medical attention afterwards.
The five officers involved in the incident at Belmarsh Prison in South-East London were suspended on full pay during a six-week police investigation.
They were cleared and returned to work.
Claim: Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Lee Rigby , lashed out at officers who were trying to escort him to his cell. His head reportedly hit a window but he refused medical attention after the incident
The exact figure for the claim is not known but similar cases have sought up to £20,000.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: ‘A police investigation into this incident took place and no charges were brought against members of staff.
'The public will be rightly outraged at the thought of this man receiving compensation from the taxpayer and we robustly defend claims made against the Prison Service.’
Tory MP Philip Davies told The Sun newspaper: ‘The last person in the world entitled to any form of compensation is Michael Adebolajo.’
And Labour’s Khalid Mahmood, England’s first Muslim MP, said: ‘This is just taking the Mickey out of the taxpayer after this man committed such a heinous crime.
Adebolajo and his accomplice Adebowale murdered Fusilier Rigby near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, South-East London, in May 2013.
Unimpressed: Tory MP Philip Davies (left) said 'the last person in the world entitled to any form of compensation is Michael Adebolajo', while Labour’s Khalid Mahmood (right) said it was 'taking the Mickey'
They knocked Rigby down in a car and then hacked him to death with knives and a cleaver. Both of the attackers were found guilty of Rigby’s murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Adebolajo was given a whole life order and Adebowale was ordered to serve at least 45 years.
Adebolajo has complained about being segregated from other Muslim prisoners.
He was moved from HMP Belmarsh to Frankland in County Durham after fears that he was trying to radicalise other inmates.
He wrote to support group Muslim Prisoners who said: ‘The guards at Frankland are worse than Belmarsh for treatment of Muslims. This move is deliberate.’
Adebolajo and Adebowale were raised as Christians but described as British Muslim converts at their trial.
Adebowale had openly discussed murdering a soldier on Facebook, but that information had not been passed to the intelligence services.
Adebolajo issued a series of threats to the West after the bloody murder took place.
A shocking video of him was taken on a mobile home while he ranted with a bloody machete in his hand.
Explaining his decision to give Adebolajo a whole-life term, trial judge Mr Justice Sweeney said he was the leader of the murderous plot and had ‘no real prospect of rehabilitation’.
However, Adebowale’s younger age, mental health problems and ‘lesser role’ meant that he escaped spending the rest of his natural life behind bars.
Whole-life terms came under the spotlight earlier this year when judges at the Court of Appeal ruled that murderers who commit the most ‘heinous’ of crimes can be sent to prison for the rest of their lives.
Those currently serving whole-life terms in England and Wales include Moors Murderer Ian Brady, who tortured and murdered children along with accomplice Myra Hindley, and serial killer Rosemary West.