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Tottenham Rioter 'Wrote Blakelock Murder Rap'
A man accused of stabbing PC Keith Blakelock during the Tottenham Riots in 1985 wrote a rap song about the killing, a court has heard.
Nicky Jacobs, who was 16 at the time of the riots, allegedly wrote the rap while he was in a youth custody centre serving time for a sentence for affray.
A prison officer says he found the hand-written lyrics while searching Jacobs' cell in 1998. It was read out in court by prosecuting counsel Richard Whittam.
The rap goes as follows: "As long as I live I remember it was 1985 the 6th October...
"Me have de chopper we have intention to kill an police officer PC Blakelock de unlucky f***** him dis an help de fireman...
"Who did an out an fire de fireman see we av come and decide to scatter but PC Blakelock him never smell the danger but when we fly down upon him he start scream and holla?
"Everybody gather round and av pure laughter he try to head out but we trip him over he start beg for mercy bit it didn't matter him try to play super man...."
Mr Whittam previously outlined to the court there was no dispute Jacobs had been involved in the riots, but that it was for the jury to decide if he was responsible for the death of PC Blakelock.
The disorder broke out the day after Cynthia Jarrett, a mother of a police suspect, had a heart attack and died when her home was searched.
PC Blakelock was among a group of officers sent out without cover on the night of Sunday, October 6, 1985, to protect firemen putting out blazes.
They came across a "very large group" of rioters, many armed with an assortment of weapons, the court heard.
PC Blakelock was the first police constable to be killed during a riot in Britain since PC Robert Culley was stabbed to death in Clerkenwell, London, in 1833
Jacobs denies murdering the police officer. The trial continues.
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