Police commander’s ignorance ‘beggars belief’ Rotherham 12 trial told

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.

Read on… https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/43642/Police+commanders+ignorance+beggars+belief+Rotherham+12+trial+told

See also… The Wellgate Riot Trial

3 thoughts on “Police commander’s ignorance ‘beggars belief’ Rotherham 12 trial told

  1. I really hope the Jury don’t fall for Mansfield’s “theatrical histrionics” as a fully factual account of the events of the day in question. I am, also, still wondering who is paying his fees ! He is an excellent Advocate but is only defending 2 of the 12 charged I believe ? Is there anyone out there in RothPol land who has attended during the trial and may be able to comment on the performance of the Prosecution ?

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  2. “He is an excellent Advocate but is only defending 2 of the 12 charged I believe ? ”
    That is because he is just one member of a defence team, and let’s face it he isn’t getting any younger.

    Mansfield, along with the great Helen Kennedy were, among others, acting for the defence in the Bradford 12 trial of 1981 – that in itself you have been a reason why he would want to be involved in this trial.
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    Like the hapless cop, I’d never heard of the ” Rotherham United football hooligans known as Section 5″ , but I can see a few references to them on the web.

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