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Nicky Jacobs trial hears evidence from key prosecution witness

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2395

The trial of Nicky Jacobs for the murder of PC Keith Blakelock heard evidence from a key prosecution witness this week.

Nicky is charged with killing Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riot in 1985 in north London. 

He denies the charge.

Giving evidence under the pseudonym of Rhodes Levin, the witness told the trial that after attacking Blakelock, rioters passed his helmet around “like a trophy”.

Levin, who admits kicking Blakelock, told the court he saw Nicky carrying a lock knife at the scene with a brown handle and blade of around six inches.

Levin was first arrested in November 1985. During police interviews he said that Winston Silcott had been orchestrating the attack on Blakelock—a claim he now admits was a lie.

Last week another key witness, using the pseudonym John Brown, told the court he saw Nicky stab Blakelock. 

When asked who he had seen take part in the attack, he replied, “It’s very hard for me because, like, I’m not a racist person but to me a black is a black, all right?

“I can’t tell the difference between them. To me a black man is a black man.”

The trial continues.

 


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