A PROVISIONAL trial date has been set at the Old Bailey for a 44-year-old man charged with the murder of Sunderland’s Pc Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.
Nicholas Jacobs is accused of killing the 40-year-old officer, who was stabbed as he tried to protect firefighters tackling a blaze at a supermarket, at the height of the unrest in Tottenham, north London.
Jacobs appeared at the court via video-link from Belmarsh Prison, in south east London, and a provisional trial date was set for March 4 next year.
The case is expected to last up to six weeks.
Wearing a dark blue tracksuit top with stripes down the sleeves and red trousers, Jacobs spoke only to confirm his name during the hearing.
No application for bail was made.