A police commander in charge on the day Nazis attacked Asian counter demonstrators in Rotherham has been likened to a character from TV comedy Fawlty Towers.
Sheffield Crown Court burst into laughter as defence barrister Michael Mansfield QC mocked Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth for adopting hotel waiter Manuel’s catchphrase “I know nothing.”
“You may think it was astonishing what he did not know,” Mansfield told the jury in the Rotherham 12 trial.
The 12 men were charged with violent disorder after a peaceful counter protest against the Nazi group Britain First in September last year.
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