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