CPS defends decision to prosecute Nicky Jacobs over Blakelock murder

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THE Crown Prosecution Service today insisted “it was right” to bring a case against Nicky Jacobs for the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock

After a jury spent just six hours to find Jacobs not guilty, supporters of the 45-year-old defendant questioned the decision to go ahead with what they described as a “farcical” trial.

Jacobs, 45, is the seventh person to be charged over the murder in 1985. Three youths previously had their cases dropped and three men were freed on appeal.

Jenny Hopkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said in a statement: “This case was charged under the Full Code Test of the Code for Crown Prosecutors following a review of the material from all three police investigations spanning over 20 years.

“Following this review we concluded that there was sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it was in the public interest to charge Nicholas Jacobs with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock.

“This evidence included three witnesses who the prosecution say gave their accounts independently of each other with no suggestion of collusion.

“Before the start of the trial the defence made an application to stay the proceedings arguing that the defendant could not have a fair trial due to a number of reasons including the delay of 28 years since the murder.

“This application was unsuccessful and the judge ruled that Nicholas Jacobs could have a fair trial.

“At the close of the prosecution case the defence argued that there was no case to answer, however, the judge ruled that there was a case to answer and it was for the jury to decide on the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

“It was right that all the evidence in this case was put before a jury and we respect their decision.”