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Man accused of Blakelock murder 'wrote poem about death'

On the second day of the trial of Nicholas Jacobs, the man accused of murdering PC Keith Blakelock, the jury was told he allegedly wrote a rap glorifying how the officer begged for mercy.

PC Keith Blakelock Credit: Met Police

The poem which it's claimed is in his handwriting says:

Me have de chopper. We have intention to kill an police officer PC Blakelock. He try to head out but we trip him over he start beg for mercy.

It goes onto describe chopping at different parts of the officer's body.

Broadwater Farm Estate, on 6 October 1985 Credit: ITV News

PC Blakelock's widow, Elizabeth, and her sons sat just yards from the accused. She listened as the jury was told the poem was allegedly found in the defendant's cell at a youth custody centre three years after her husband's death.

Artist impression of Nicholas Jacobs Credit: ITV News

Earlier the family heard harrowing details of the PC Blakelock's injuries. In total he'd suffered 43 separate wounds.

PC Keith Blakelock and his colleagues had come under a barrage of petrol bombs and missiles as they attempted to protect firefighters.

Broadwater Farm Estate, on 6 October 1985 Credit: ITV News

They had gone up onto a walkway and it was as they came down this stairwell that they were surrounded with only their truncheons and shields to protect themselves

PC Blakelock became separated from his colleagues and was attacked.

Jacobs who was aged 16 at the time, and is now 45 now, has pleaded not guilty to murder.