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CPS Statement on the acquittal of Nicholas Jacobs

09/04/2014

Jenny Hopkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "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 more than 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 of the defendant.

"It was right that all the evidence in this case was put before a jury and we respect its decision."

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Notes to Editors

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