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PC Simon Harwood trial

Issue No. 2310

The trial into the killing of Ian Tomlinson has heard how PC Simon Harwood made no record of any interaction with Ian Tomlinson in his notes.

Harwood, accused of Tomlinson’s manslaughter at the G20 demonstrations in 2009, noted, “I do not know how many people I struck, but I done so in order to prevent any further rioting and preserve my own safety.”

Harwood struck Tomlinson with a baton and shoved him to the ground.

The court has been shown footage of Ian Tomlinson walking away from the police line Harwood was part of.

Last week the court also heard from Dr Freddy Patel, who carried out the initial post-mortem on Tomlinson’s body.

He maintains that Tomlinson died of a heart attack. The prosecution and two subsequent post-mortems say he died from heart failure linked to internal bleeding.

Harwood denies manslaughter. The trial continues.

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Tue 3 Jul 2012, 17:54 BST
Issue No. 2310
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