THE judge in the murder trial of Pc Keith Blakelock has told jurors to set emotions to one side when reaching their verdicts.
Summing up the case at the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Nicol described the police officer’s murder during the Tottenham riots in north London in October 1985 as a “dreadful act”.
But he told the jury of five women and seven men not to rely on their feelings about the killing when they retire to consider whether defendant Nicky Jacobs, 45, is guilty of murder.
Mr Justice Nicol told the jury: “Before the trial started, I told you that you would have to set emotion aside.
“The killing of Pc Blakelock was a dreadful act, but that cannot help you decide whether the Crown has proved the defendant is guilty of his murder.
“You may have sympathised with some witnesses or had different feelings towards others.
“I have already said you will have to make your own assessment of their credibility - whether you believe what they had to say - but that is not the same as basing your decision on whether you liked or disliked a witness.
“Do not let emotion influence you.”
The judge also said Jacobs had been within his rights not to give evidence during his trial, but the jury could draw whatever conclusions they thought appropriate from his decision not to take to the witness box.
Jacobs, who was 16 at the time, is accused of being one of the rioters who repeatedly stabbed Pc Blakelock and tried to decapitate him. He denies murder.