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by Stephen Moore
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Friends of the man charged with murdering PC Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985 say they will fight his corner to make sure justice is done.
After a brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning, Stafford Scott questioned whether there was any new evidence against his friend Nicholas Jacobs, 44, who was charged with the policeman’s murder on Tuesday.
Jacobs, of Hackney, appeared in the dock dressed in a dark blue sweatshirt and trousers, with short black hair and a goatee beard. Flanked by two security guards but not in handcuffs, he sat with his armed folded, paying attention to the magistrate and solicitors and appeared nonchalant as the formalities progressed.
He is the only man to be charged with PC Blakelock’s murder since the investigation was reopened in 2003, following the release of four other men yesterday with no further action.
The charge came three years after he was first arrested on suspicion of murder. Jacobs did not enter a plea during the five-minute hearing, and he was remanded in custody until Friday, when he will appear at the Old Bailey.
Outside the court, his friend Mr Scott, who is well-known on the estate and the wider Tottenham area, said he was there because he is “concerned to see that justice is done”.
He is co-ordinator of Tottenham Rights campaign group, which he said will be supporting Jacobs throughout his trial.
He added: “I am concerned about this case following on from the back of the original case of the Tottenham Six.”
Mr Scott was himself arrested in the immediate aftermath of the riots on suspicion of PC Blakelock’s murder, and is a friend of Winston Silcott, who was tried, convicted and later acquitted of the murder along with two others, after it was found that crucial interview transcripts had been fabricated.
He said: “The alleged evidence against him needs to be shown in full. The world needs to see it and look at it properly.
“If it’s anything like 1987 there isn’t going to be any evidence. If you remember, in 1987 they sent three people to prison when there was no evidence against them.
“The Detective Chief Inspector who ran the investigation ended up being charged with peverting the course of justice.”
The detectives involved in the original investigation were later acquitted of all charges in court.
Mr Scott continued: “They are doing this out of desperation and because they need a scapegoat, after spending hundreds of millions of pounds in one of the most expensive investigations in the history of British policing.”
Asked how the defendant’s family were feeling, he said: “How would anybody be, on hearing their son is charged with murder? They are very upset.
“He is a vulnerable man and that is exactly what happened in 1987 when they arrested some of the most vulnerable members of society.
“I was 25 years old when I was arrested. Nicky was a child then; the children did not murder PC Blakelock. They are arresting those who were children at the time.
“Tottenham Rights will be supporting Nicky and running a campaign for Nicky throughout this period.
“They have charged the weakest of the lot.”