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29/12/2013 19:10 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 06:38 GMT

Most Shocking Crimes 2013: Ian Watkins, Ariel Castro, Lee Rigby Murder

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2013 Crimes

2013 saw some of the most shocking crimes of recent years, and the worst terror attack on the UK since July 7, 2005.

The attack on serving soldier Lee Rigby in May sent shockwaves around the world. The 25-year-old was butchered in broad daylight in Woolwich, South East London, by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

The two men were found guilty in less than an hour by a jury at the Old Bailey on December 19.

The previous day, paepdophile former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was jailed for 35 years for vile child sex crimes.

Two female co-defendants, aged 21 and 25, also pleaded guilty and were sentenced. Mother 'A' was given a 14 year sentence. Mother 'B' gets 17 years. They cannot be named for legal reasons.

In Bristol, an innocent man was beaten to death and set alight by his neighbour who had wrongly branded him a paedophile.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation is underway into Avon and Somerset constabulary's handling of the case of Bijan Ebrahimi, whose repeated pleas for help from the authorities went unanswered.

Lee James, a neighbour, was jailed for life in November.

In June, there was a chilling reminder of one of the most notorious criminals of the 20th century when moors murderer Ian Brady gave evidence to a mental health tribunal by video link.

After a rambling four-hour appearance described as ranging from "vaunting self-aggrandisement and breath-taking callousness", Brady lost his bid to be transferred from a psychiatric hospital back to prison.

In the United States, three women were rescued in May after being held hostage by depraved bus driver Ariel Castro.

Michelle Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus, 23, were chained up and raped at his Cleveland home, the court heard.

Castro was found hanged in his cell in September.