LONDON - One of the two men accused of murdering British soldier Lee Rigby on a London street said he killed his victim as humanely as possible by cutting at his neck, a court heard on Thursday.
Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of running over Rigby, 25, as he crossed a street in Woolwich, southeast London, in May before attacking his unconscious body with a meat cleaver and knives.
The prosecution has said the two suspects then dragged Rigby's body into the middle of the road for as many people to see as possible.
On Thursday, the Old Bailey jury heard Adebolajo describe for the first time how the soldier was killed.
In a video interview recorded a week and a half after the attack, Adebolajo, wearing a blue blanket over his head and upper body, told police he killed Rigby as painlessly as possible.
"We exited the vehicle and I am not sure how I struck the first blow," Adebolajo said, acknowledging Rigby was still alive after being hit by the car.
"The most humane way to kill any creature is to cut the jugular ... he may be my enemy but he is a man," he added.
"I struck at the neck and attempted to remove his head."
When asked whether he expected to be a martyr, Adebolajo said he did not "shy away" from being killed on the battlefield and his defence lawyer David Gottlieb told the court that his client saw himself as a soldier.
Both men, who deny murder, sat silently in the dock as the video was played, with several members of Rigby's family just a metre away.
The trial is expected to last two more weeks, with the defence case due to open on Monday.