source: The Guardian
published: 9 April 2014
A man has been found not guilty of stabbing PC Keith Blakelock to death during the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots.
Nicky Jacobs was cleared of murder after a tense trial at the Old Bailey during which the jury heard an attempt was made to decapitate the officer after he was engulfed by a mob.
The jury decided by a 10-2 majority that Jacobs, now aged 45, was not part of the mob that stabbed at Blakelock, inflicting 43 stab and machete wounds and leaving a knife embedded in his neck.
The police officer’s widow, Elizabeth Blakelock, was in court and put her head in her hands as she heard the verdict.
The jury, which cleared Jacobs of murder and manslaughter, deliberated for six hours and 15 minutes; it had been given a majority direction by the judge earlier in the afternoon.