Trial Of PC Simon Harwood

PC Simon Harwood, 45, is accused of killing newspaper-seller Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in 2009. Harwood denies manslaughter

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Jury retires in trial of PC Simon Harwood

PC Simon Harwood arriving at Southwark Crown Court Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A jury today retired to consider its verdict in the case of the police officer accused of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson.

PC Simon Harwood hit Mr Tomlinson with a baton and pushed him to the ground during the G20 protests in the City of London in April 2009.

The father of nine walked 75 yards before he collapsed and later died.

The police officer accepted during his evidence at Southwark Crown Court that he was "wrong" to have hit and pushed him.Harwood from Carshalton in Surrey, denies manslaughter on the grounds that he used reasonable force.

Mr Tomlinson was walking away from police lines when he was hit and shoved to the ground, but at the time Harwood said he thought he was being deliberately obstructive.

Mr Tomlinson was an alcoholic who slept rough for a number of years.

The jury retired at 10.50am.

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