The mother of Woolwich murderer Michael Adebowale last night begged his victim’s family for forgiveness.
Probation officer Juliet Obasuyi, 52, appealed to Lee Rigby’s mother Lyn: “I want you to find a space in your heart to forgive Michael for what he has done.
“He was such a sweet boy but something happened to him and we lost him. We’re sorry. I really condemn what happened. It’s harrowing, disgusting, senseless.
“My desire would be to meet Lee’s family and express my heartfelt condolences, because I think we’ve both lost our sons.
“I’d say sorry to them. My heart goes out to them. They don’t deserve this. It’s sad Lee had to pay with his life. I’m gutted and shocked he had a part in this.
“As much as they don’t have Lee around any more, I have lost my son. I cannot comprehend.”
Her son, 22, and Michael Adebolajo, 29, were told they face life behind bars and will be sentenced in the new year.
She said Michael - raised as a Christian - had been a shy boy who was bullied at school, and became a Muslim at 17 to protect himself from local gangs after he witnessed a friend being murdered.
But he was drawn in to extremism, and his mother was so concerned she befriended the mosque he attended to speak with its Imam.
Mrs Obasuyi said her thoughts were with drummer Rigby’s widow Rebecca and three-year-old son Jack.
She went on: “I’m so, so sad about this and grieving as much as they are. I don’t know how I’m going to put my life together again.
“I trusted my son. I did all I could to bring him up very well. I am still shocked that this has happened to him.
“He was quite vulnerable, but I think also a victim. I am just so sorry. I wish I could make things better again.
“No more of this violence, these violent killings again.”
Friends said Adebowale had been a “lovely boy” but became involved in some “serious trouble” as a teenager – then turned to Islam.
Mrs Obasuyi told how her son had fallen under the spell of the older Adebolajo, and has been on suicide watch since having psychotic episodes in which he saw "Christian angels" trying to lure him back from Islam.
Speaking about the first time she visited him in custody, Mrs Obasuyi said her son cried as she held his hand and told her he wanted to die.
ONE of Lee Rigby’s killers should get legal aid for a compensation claim, a judge said yesterday.
Mr Justice Langstaff claimed it would be “a great pity” if “charismatic” Michael Adebolajo did not get taxpayers’ cash.
The Sun revealed exclusively in September that Adebolajo, 32, was suing justice chiefs for £25,000 for “psychiatric injury” after losing two front teeth while being restrained in prison.
So far he has been refused any legal aid to help his claim.
But Mr Justice Langstaff told a pre-trial hearing at London’s High Court:
“It will be a great pity to justice, and in particular the presentation of the claimant’s case, if some means were not found to ensure he had professional help.
“If that could be done by public funds, all the better.”
Evidence submitted yesterday exposed how Adebolajo has become a recruiting sergeant for radical Islam behind bars.
The judge said: “He is charismatic.
"There is intelligence suggesting that he has had some influence on the conversion to Islam of some individuals.”
Mr Justice Langstaff added: “There is a large group of people who look up to Adebolajo.”
Fusilier Lee, 25, died after being attacked outside Woolwich Barracks, South East London, in May 2013.
Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, 26, were convicted of his murder.