Acquitted Jacobs breaks silence

The Oxford Times: The murder of Pc Keith Blakelock remains unsolved The murder of Pc Keith Blakelock remains unsolved

The man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock in the 1985 Tottenham riots has spoken of the anger and disappointment he would feel as a member of the murdered policeman's family.

Nicky Jacobs, who was found not guilty of the murder and manslaughter of the police officer, said he would be out protesting and demanding justice if he were in their place.

In his first media interview since being cleared on April 9, he said: "I would be outside the courts, petitioning. I would want that (justice).

"But at the same time if I had to sit down in a court for six weeks and hear that so-called justice about someone else then I would be angry and disappointed at the system and the establishment my husband died for. That's me personally - not taking nothing away from Pc Blakelock's family and how they feel."

Asked how he felt at the time of Pc Blakelock's killing, Mr Jacobs admitted to having felt as if he had missed a "celebration".

Speaking last night on the BBC's Newsnight programme, he said: "It did cross my mind, because like I said, at that time the wickedness that the police used to do to the black community, yeah, it was celebration time.

"But at the same time Miss (Cynthia) Jarrett in my eyes had been killed. The accident that was supposed to have happened, no one was hearing that. If you can imagine, it was these police turning up at his house looking for a black youth.

"A black woman has died as a result - it doesn't matter if she collapsed, high blood pressure or none of that, police were present and she died. You know what I mean - it was a regular occurrence at the time. It was people's right to go out and be a protester, sat outside the police station, smash a window, it was that climate."

However, Mr Jacobs said he was not involved in the killing and that there could be no justification for murder.

He said: "I didn't kill Pc Blakelock - I wasn't in that group that heard about firemen at the shop or whatever.

"It is just fate on my behalf that turned out to be good. I wrote this rap poem and they're trying to say it is a confession - all that it is, is what was played out in the press - they talk about this baying mob attacking him and all this and trying to chop off his head. All that I just got from the press. That's why you just see 'we, we' and that are referring to Tottenham. My only thing was saying 'I had one intention and I wiped off my knife'."

Mr Jacobs said it was "without a doubt" that nobody has a right to take another person's life.

"Like I said, as a young youth when you hear people talking about an eye for an eye you can have that in your mind and just be blinded focusing on that, where you know, where you go looking for an eye for an eye because you're so blinded by anger."

The jury at the Old Bailey heard from three witnesses who claimed they saw the then 16-year-old take part in the attack, but his defence team questioned their credibility. After four hours of deliberations, a verdict of not guilty was returned.

Pc Blakelock was attacked on the night of October 6 1985 while trying to protect firefighters tackling blazes started during the riots. He was stabbed 43 times at Broadwater Farm and there were several attempts to decapitate him.

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