Family weeps as Ian Tomlinson’s final moments are shown to court
RELATIVES of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson broke down yesterday as film footage of his final hours was shown in court.
The 47-year-old’s widow Julia and stepson Paul King cried as a film clip was played showing a medical student trying to save Mr Tomlinson as he lay on the pavement with his eyes closed.
He collapsed minutes after being hit with a police baton and shoved to the ground by Pc Simon Harwood during the G20 protests in the City of London in April 2009.
Yesterday, jurors were shown footage of Harwood, 45, adopting a “strike” position with his baton as Mr Tomlinson stood with his back to him.
The footage showed Harwood among a group including dog handlers and officers in riot gear, pushing Mr Tomlinson to the ground.
He was seen wearing a balaclava covering the lower half of his face, as well as a riot helmet.
Mr Tomlinson, wearing tracksuit bottoms with a T-shirt over a long-sleeved top, was facing away from the group when he was pushed.
A passer-by helped Mr Tomlinson, 47, back to his feet, and he was then seen walking away.
Southwark Crown Court heard on Monday that he walked around 70 metres before collapsing, and died in hospital about an hour later.
Harwood, from Carshalton in Surrey, is accused of manslaughter, which he denies on the grounds that he used reasonable force.
Prosecutor Mark Dennis QC first played a series of short clips, showing the area around Cornhill with protesters shouting and chanting, and the interaction between Harwood and Mr Tomlinson.
Jurors then watched more detailed footage tracing Mr Tomlinson’s movements before he was hit.
He approached one police cordon near Bank but was turned back, and continued walking around trying to find a route home to Smithfield.
Various cameras captured the moment near the Royal Exchange Buildings when he was shoved to the ground, around 7:25pm.
Clips detailing Harwood’s movements were then played. He was tasked with driving a police van and monitoring radios that day.
Footage posted on the internet showed his unsuccessful attempt to arrest a protester who was writing “all cops are bastards” on the side of a police van.
The man managed to wriggle free, leaving Harwood holding his jacket, the court heard.
In at times heated scenes, protesters were heard shouting and blowing whistles, with one blowing some kind of trumpet in police officers’ faces.
Harwood was seen with other officers running into a passageway near the Royal Exchange Buildings. A member of the public was pushed out of the way as the officers advanced.
The court also heard from Tony Taglialavore, a member of staff at Monument Tube station who saw Mr Tomlinson around 12:30pm on the day he died. Mr Taglialavore said Mr Tomlinson was complaining of pains in his arm.
“He seemed as if he’d had a drink and he was quite quiet for him – usually he was more chatty – and he was very slurred with his words,” Mr Taglialavore said.
IT worker Warren Fraser saw Mr Tomlinson shortly after 7pm and said he seemed “slow and sluggish” and had a beer can in his hand, and would not move out of the way of a police van.
The trial continues today.
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