Trial date set for man accused of murdering Met police officer in South London station

18 November 2022, 15:08

Matt Ratana died from a wound to the chest

Matt Ratana died from a wound to the chest.


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A 25-year-old man who stands accused of murdering a Met police officer inside a South London station will stand trial next summer.

Louis De Zoysa is accused of shooting custody sergeant Matt Ratana in the chest while handcuffed inside a Croydon police station in the early hours of September 25, 2020. De Zoysa was also injured in the incident.

De Zoysa appeared in a wheelchair in the dock at Northampton Crown Court and was not required to enter a plea.

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He is due to re-appear at Northampton Crown Court in the week beginning February 20 for a plea and case management hearing.

The incident happened at Croydon Custody Centre

The incident happened at Croydon Custody Centre.

Croydon Custody Centre

High Court Judge Mr Justice Jeremy Baker also set a further pre-trial hearing for a day in the week commencing April 24.

The trial, lasting up to three weeks, will start on June 6.

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