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Ian Tomlinson inquest: G20 cop goes back on his evidence

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2247

PC Simon Harwood, a TSG police officer who pushed Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demonstrations in 2009, gave evidence at the inquest into Ian’s death last week.

He said he no longer stood by the evidence he previously provided to the police, the IPCC and the inquest.

He made the admission under questioning from the Tomlinson family solicitor, Matthew Ryder, and the assistant deputy coroner, Judge Peter Thornton QC.

As Ryder questioned Harwood (H), Judge Thornton (T) stepped in:

H: “At the time I wrote this, I thought I fell to the floor.”

T: “Do you now accept that this is not correct?”

H: “Yes.”

T: “That you lost your baton—that is not correct?”

H: “Yes.”

T: “That you received a blow to the head—that is not correct?”

H: “Yes.”

T: “And that there were violent and dangerous confrontations—that is not correct?”

H: “Yes.”

T: “And you were struck by a missile—that is not correct?”

H: “Yes.”

Harwood previously claimed that he was not behind Tomlinson when he pushed him. A video clip shown appeared to show the opposite.

Ryder said, “Everybody is looking at the video. And I’m asking you a very simple question. When you pushed him, did he have his back to you, yes or no?” Harwood replied, “No.”

Harwood had claimed that he was isolated and feared for his life. But Ryder played footage showing Harwood standing beside other officers throughout the time away from his vehicle.

Pathologist Freddy Patel, who carried out the first and second post mortem, took the witness stand on Tuesday. He told the inquest that police asked him to “rule out” that a baton strike caused the bruise on Tomlinson’s right leg.

The inquest continues.

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Tue 12 Apr 2011, 18:33 BST
Issue No. 2247
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