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A man accused of murdering Met Police Sergeant Matiu Ratana while handcuffed at a police station has made his first appearance in crown court.z
Louis de Zoysa, 23, is charged with firing four bullets in a holding cell at the Croydon Custody Center on September 25.
The first shot hit Sergeant Ratana, 54, in the chest and fatally wounded him, the Old Bailey heard.
Mr. De Zoysa also suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound.
He has been in the hospital under police surveillance since Sergeant Ratana was shot. He was charged with his murder on Tuesday after a change in his health.
On Wednesday, Mr. De Zoysa appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court via video link from his hospital bed, and used a blackboard to display his name and his date of birth instead. to speak.
During his appearance at the Old Bailey he was sitting in a chair flanked by two medical workers.
Judge Mark Lucraft, the London registrar, listed the case for a guilty plea hearing on September 17.
The court heard that New Zealand-born Sergeant Ratana was shot and killed by De Zoysa after being arrested after a stop and search in Norwood, south London.
Sergeant Ratana, who was also shot in the leg, was taken to St George’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Mr De Zoysa was treated by officers and staff from the London ambulance.
Judge Lucraft rejected Mr. De Zoysa’s bail, noting that he would be in prison until the end of the case if he recovered sufficiently to be released from the hospital.