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Ian Tomlinson death trial hears Met PC's 'blood was up'

Newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson died at the G20 protest in London in 2009 as the result of a "gratuitous act of aggression by a lone officer whose blood was up", a court has heard.

PC Simon Harwood, 44, of Carshalton, south London, who denies manslaughter, is on trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Jurors heard Mr Tomlinson, 47, was violently struck with a police baton and pushed to the ground. The prosecution says this caused him to collapse two to three minutes later.

Mark Dennis QC, for the prosecution, said there was a "clear temporal link" between the violence Mr Tomlinson was subjected to and his death and PC Harwood's reaction was "wholly disproportionate" in the circumstances.

June Kelly reports.

  • 18 Jun 2012
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