Man accused of murdering police sergeant shot dead in custody centre appears at Old Bailey

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A man accused of shooting a police sergeant dead while handcuffed inside a police station has appeared at the Old Bailey. Louis De Zoysa, 25, allegedly killed Metropolitan Police custody sergeant Matt Ratana in the early hours of September 25, 2020.

De Zoysa allegedly discharged four bullets in a holding cell at Croydon Custody Centre, which hit Sgt Ratana and also injured himself.

Sgt Ratana, 54, died from a wound to the chest.

On Tuesday, De Zoysa, formerly from Banstead, Surrey, appeared at the Old Bailey via a video link from custody. The defendant was in a wheelchair, wore a fawn-coloured turtleneck sweater, and had his right arm in a blue sling.

Asked to confirm his name, De Zoysa wrote it down on a white board using his left hand and held it up to the screen.

He was not asked to enter pleas to charges of murder, possession of prohibited firearms and possession of firearms and ammunition without a certificate.

Mr Justice Jeremy Baker set a further hearing for April 24 at Northampton Crown Court and remanded the defendant into custody.

De Zoysa faces a three-week trial from June 6 also at Northampton Crown Court.