During the trial of a man accused of murdering a police officer at a custody center, it was revealed that the accused had deliberately pulled the trigger of the gun, pointing it at the officer.
A 25-year-old man named Louis De Zoysa has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Sgt Matiu Ratana. The shooting occurred on September 25th, 2020 at a custody center located in Croydon, which is situated in the southern part of London
According to Duncan Penny KC, who was leading the prosecution, Louis De Zoysa intentionally pulled the trigger of his weapon four times.
According to him, Mr De Zoysa hurt himself with the fourth bullet.
According to prosecutors, Sergeant Ratana, who was the sergeant in charge of custody at the time, was murdered while Mr. De Zoysa was restrained and detained in a holding cell.
According to Mr. Penny KC, the prosecution has claimed that Louis De Zoysa aimed his gun at Sgt. Ratana and deliberately fired it twice while pointing it at him.
During the trial at Northampton Crown Court, Mr. Penny KC informed the jurors that there is video evidence, including CCTV footage, of the incident that took place.
According to the prosecutor, the video and audio evidence clearly depict Louis De Zoysa as the person who committed the act of killing Matthew Ratana.
During the initial hearing on Tuesday, it was revealed that the fourth gunshot had struck Mr. De Zoysa in his neck, resulting in severe brain damage.
During his trial, an intermediary will assist him due to his communication difficulties. The jurors were informed that he uses a whiteboard for communication.
During his court appearance on Wednesday, Mr Penny KC stated that he would be using concise sentences and basic vocabulary. This decision was made in order to ensure that Louis De Zoysa could comprehend his statements.
The lawyers representing the side accusing the defendant began their argument by describing the series of incidents that preceded the act of firing a weapon.
According to the statement made to the jury, Louis de Zoysa was strolling down London Road in Norbury on the 25th of September, 2020.
According to the jury, police officers stopped him on the street, searched him, and then handcuffed him.
Upon searching Louis De Zoysa, the police discovered cannabis and seven rounds of ammunition in his possession. However, they failed to locate a loaded revolver that was reportedly being carried in a holster by Louis De Zoysa.
According to the court, it was revealed that the gun and holster were most likely hidden beneath one of his armpits.
After that, Mr. De Zoysa was taken to the Croydon Police Station where he was placed in a room for holding, with his hands still cuffed.
According to the information presented to the jury, Louis De Zoysa had concealed the firearm and was able to aim it at Sgt Ratana, who was performing his duty.
The individual intentionally fired a shot at Sgt Ratana from a close distance, hitting him in the chest. No prior caution was given.
During the court hearing, it was mentioned that the other officers who were present at the scene were not able to prevent Mr. De Zoysa from firing the shot that led to Sgt. Ratana’s death. The prosecution claims that this act was carried out intentionally. The shot had hit Sgt. Ratana’s left lung and heart, causing
According to the court, there were three more gunshots fired during a conflict with the other officers, and one of them caused an injury to Mr. De Zoysa.
The accusation made by the prosecution is that a second shot was intentionally fired at Sgt Ratana.
In April, at the same court, Mr. De Zoysa from Banstead, Surrey, denied the accusation of murder.
The legal proceedings are ongoing.
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