Lee Rigby’s murderer wants £100,000 ‘blood money’ over allegations that prison officers left him mentally scarred.
Michael Adebolajo, 32, who murdered the fusilier Mr Rigby, 25, in Woolwich, south east London, in 2013, lost his two front teeth when prison staff tried to restrain him four years ago.
He has now officially launched a court writ in which he claims he was left with a ‘psychiatric injury’.
And Mr Rigby’s mother, Lyn, 50, hit out at her son’s killer and said he deserves to ‘die in jail’.
Adebolajo, wants £25,000 in compensation after claiming to ‘suffer distress, loss and damage’ on remand at London’s top-security Belmarsh jail.
But he has been fighting the battle for two years and it could cost the taxpayer a further £75,000 in police and legal costs.
The writ has now been officially passed on to the High Court in London.
It claims that while Adebolajo, who killed Mr Rigby with Michael Adebowale, 26, was being escorted back to his cell after a phone call he dropped his hands from his head and spun round to confront officers.
He warned staff to ‘watch themselves’ and asked ‘Allah to strike down his oppressors’.
The killer claims he was ‘verbally abused’ before he was smashed into bars of his cell windows.
He also claimed officers twisted his left arm and that he was ‘stamped on’ in an ‘unreasonable, unjustified and excessive’ assault.
The Crown Prosecution Service ruled out action against the five prison officers after a police investigation.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman told The Sun: ‘The public will be rightly outraged at the thought of this offender claiming compensation from the taxpayer.’