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. Picture: Alamy
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

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. Picture: 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.