October 17, 2011
A Scotland Yard officer denied killing newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests when he appeared in court today charged with manslaughter.
Mr Tomlinson, a homeless 47-year-old, collapsed and died on the fringes of demonstrations in central London on April 1 2009.
Pc Simon Harwood, a father of two, showed no emotion as he stood in the dock at Southwark Crown Court in south London to enter his ‘not guilty’ plea.¬†Relatives of Mr Tomlinson gasped from the public gallery as Harwood, 40, denied the allegation against him.
‘You are charged on this indictment with manslaughter, that on April 1 2009, you unlawfully killed Ian Tomlinson.
‘How do you plead: guilty or not guilty?’