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Court in Nicky Jacobs trial hears that officer 'overlooked lies' about Blakelock murder

Issue No. 2397

A police officer was accused of overlooking “glaring inconsistencies and blatant lies” about PC Keith Blakelock’s murder.

The trial of Nicky Jacobs for Blakelock’s murder heard on Monday of this week how key witness Rhodes Levin “chopped and changed” his account of what he saw.

The court heard that in 1985 Levin first identified Winston Silcott, who was tried, convicted and later acquitted of Blakelock’s murder, as the attacker.

Timothy White was a detective sergeant attached to a 1990s reinvestigation of the murder. 

Courtenay Griffiths QC, for the defence, said White was “willing to overlook glaring inconsistencies and blatant lies in Rhodes Levin’s account in your desperation to turn him into a witness.”

He asked White, “That is the truth, isn’t it?” White replied, “That is a serious allegation and one I absolutely deny,” 

Levin says he saw Jacobs kick and punch Blakelock, holding a lock knife with a six-inch blade.

Nicky denies the murder. The trial continues.

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