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Blakelock suspect offers 'no evidence' defence

TRIAL: Nicholas 'Nicky' Jacobs, left, and murder victim PC Keith Blakelock

A MAN charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during the 1985 Tottenham riots has chosen to "exercise his right not to give evidence."

Nicholas Jacobs, 45, is accused of being part of an armed mob that stabbed 40-year-old Blakelock 43 times as he tried to protect firefighters tackling a blaze on the Broadwater Farm estate on October 6, 1985.

A witness told the Old Bailey trial he had seen the accused attack the PC in a "stabbing motion".

But Jacobs, who was 16 at the time of the incident, denies murdering the officer.

After the prosecution closed its case, Mr Justice Nicol asked defence barrister Courtenay Griffiths QC whether he had advised his client that if he chooses not to give evidence "the jury may draw such inference from his failure to do so."

Mr Griffiths replied: "I have advised him and the defendant chooses to exercise his right not to give evidence."

The judge addressed the jury and warned them not to reach any final conclusions before he had finished summing up the case.

The trial was adjourned until 10.30am tomorrow morning (March 2).

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