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Thursday, October 22, 1998 Published at 03:35 GMT 04:35 UK


Man admits manslaughter of WPC

A man has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the manslaughter of police officer Nina Mackay.

Unemployed Magdi Elgizouli, 30, pleaded not guilty to the constable's murder on October 24 last year.

Through an Arabic-speaking interpreter Elgizouli said: "Not guilty for murder, but I am guilty for manslaughter."

Chris West reports for BBC News 24 from the Old Bailey
Flanked by five security officers and dressed in a striped shirt, Elgizouli then sat in the dock as the details of the case were explained to the Recorder of London, Sir Lawrence Verney QC.

Members of his victim's family sat in the public gallery to hear how WPC Mackay, 25, from Essex, was stabbed as she and colleagues went to arrest Elgizouli at a flat in Stratford, east London.

Dedication to duty

She was taken to hospital after being wounded, but died despite a two-hour fight to save her.

The dedicated young officer had served with the Metropolitan force for five years.

Nigel Sweeney, prosecuting, said that by his plea the defendant had admitted unlawfully killing WPC Mackay by "stabbing her once, to the hilt, in the chest using a seven-and-a-half inch bladed kitchen knife".

The incident happened in the hallway of a bedsit where he was staying.

WPC Mackay and other colleagues forced their way into the premises as part of a police operation to arrest the defendant who was in breach of bail conditions.

Eligzouli, a paranoid schizophrenic, was sent to Rampton Hospital without restriction of time.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Condon, and the Prime Minister, have both paid tribute to the young constable.


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