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Stabbed PC: man in court; STABBING: Nigerian native charged with policeman's murder.

Byline: By Andrew Barrett

A 27-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody today when he appeared before magistrates accused of the murder of Police Constable Jon Henry.

Nigerian Tennyson Obih, of Luton, is charged with the murder of PC Henry in Luton town centre's main shopping street on Monday morning.

He is also charged with the attempted murder of two window cleaners in Luton's George Street early on Monday morning, and an earlier aggravated burglary at a house in Winsdon Road.

Obih, who was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK after arriving in 2000, was remanded in custody until June 26 when he will appear via video link at Luton Crown Court. Cropped-haired Obih, with a white bandage over his left eye, spoke only to confirm his name and address at the five-minute hearing in Luton.

He is accused of stabbing PC Henry twice in the chest as the officer raced to a report that two window cleaners had been stabbed in George Street shortly after 7.15am on Monday.

Despite his police-issue body armour, father-of-one PC Henry died later at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Obih faces two charges of the attempted murder of window cleaners Steven Chamberlain and David Knight. Mr Chamberlain was stabbed in the back and is said to be in a serious but stable condition in the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Mr Knight suffered a minor injury to his arm.

Obih, of Winsdon Road in the town, also faces a charge of aggravated burglary.

It is alleged he forced his way into a neighbour's flat in the early hours of the morning, threatening his neighbour and hitting him with a screw before stealing his car as well as a box of DVDs.

PC Henry, aged 36, had been on duty for just 30 minutes before the incident on Monday morning.

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IN CUSTODY... Tennyson Obih, of Luton, is escorted to the prison van at Luton Magistrates Court.; DUTY... PC Jon Henry was stabbed near to Luton's shopping centre 30 minutes after he started his shift.
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Date:Jun 13, 2007
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