Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Prosecutor reviews G20 evidence

4 May 2011 Last updated at 02:45 GMT Ian Tomlinson Ian Tomlinson collapsed minutes after being pushed to the ground Evidence that emerged during the inquest into the death of the newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson is to be reviewed by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

DPP Keir Starmer will decide if the policeman who pushed the 47-year-old to the ground at London's G20 protests should be charged with manslaughter.

The inquest jury concluded Mr Tomlinson had been unlawfully killed.

Pc Simon Harwood has reiterated that he did "did not intend, or foresee" that his actions would cause the fall.

The officer faces a misconduct tribunal but, as a result of the inquest verdict, the case is set to be reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Met Police.

Last year the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled out manslaughter charges saying that it could not be proved beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Tomlinson's death was caused by Pc Harwood pushing him to the ground.

Mr Starmer said at the time that there was an "irreconcilable conflict" between medical experts.

His review will now consider whether enough additional evidence has emerged since then to support a manslaughter prosecution.

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Pc Harwood did not intend, or foresee at the time, that his push would cause Mr Tomlinson to fall over, let alone that it would result in any injury”

End Quote Pc Simon Harwood's solicitor At the inquest six doctors said Mr Tomlinson died from internal bleeding and in the words of the coroner, they all found to a "greater or lesser degree" a "direct link" between the push and the newspaper seller's collapse.

Mr Tomlinson collapsed and died after he was hit by a baton and pushed to the ground by Pc Harwood at the protests in the City of London on 1 April 2009.

The jury decided Pc Harwood acted illegally, recklessly and dangerously, and used "excessive and unreasonable" force in striking Mr Tomlinson.

Jurors added that the newspaper seller, who was not taking part in the protests, posed no threat.

After the verdict, Pc Harwood reiterated "how sorry" he was that Mr Tomlinson died but went on to dispute the jury's conclusion.

A statement released by his lawyers Reynolds Dawson said: "The mass of video and other evidence gathered by the IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Commission] now presents a picture very different from the one which Pc Harwood had on the day.

"In particular, he wishes that he had known then all that he now knows about Mr Tomlinson's movements and fragile state of health.

"Pc Harwood did not intend, or foresee at the time, that his push would cause Mr Tomlinson to fall over, let alone that it would result in any injury."

Map showing Ian Tomlinson's last movements

1. 1855: Mr Tomlinson leaves Monument station to head home

2. 1859: He walks north along King William Street, but is turned back by police

3. 1902: The newspaper seller sits on a wall before cutting through onto Lombard Street

4. 1906: A few minutes later, he comes into contact with police again on Lombard Street

5. 1915: Mr Tomlinson then passes through Change Alley and is diverted again by more police officers

6. 1918: He crosses Cornhill towards Royal Exchange Buildings

7. 1920: As police sweep down Royal Exchange, Mr Tomlinson is hit by a baton and pushed to the ground. A bystander helps him to his feet

8. 1921: The newspaper vendor walks along Cornhill before collapsing and dying

Source: Inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson. Note: Parts of route and some timings are approximate

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