Injured Security Guard's Battle For Answers
A trial to determine whether more could have been done to protect a security guard shot five times after escorting an armed trespasser off the NEC premises during a Kanye West concert is scheduled to start on Monday November 14 at Birmingham High Court.
Robert Tough, then 45, who sustained bullet wounds to his face, foot, head and stomach in the attack in February 2006, still suffers from the psychological trauma and has been unable to return to the job he loved.
Shooter Abidan Raphael was later convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to at least 20 years in prison following the shooting in February 2006, after he was removed by staff from the site for the second time that evening for not having a ticket.
Mr Tough, 51, has now instructed serious injury experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell to help him in his battle for answers and to represent him at the trial.
Lawyer Stephen Nye from the firm said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for Mr Tough, who sustained life threatening injuries as a result of the shooting.
“He was working for Core Security Services Ltd and was part of a team of officers brought in by the NEC Group Limited to help manage security at the concert when he was attacked.
“Whilst relieved that Raphael was arrested and subsequently found guilty of attempted murder, Mr Tough hopes that this trial will determine once and for all whether more could, and should have been done by his supervisors and employers to protect him and his colleagues at this time.”
Mr Tough will not be available to comment during the trial which is listed for 10 days. Should you have any questions regarding the case, please contact the Irwin Mitchell press office on 01142744666.