A SECURITY guard shot five times while working at a Kanye West concert at the NEC told a court how the ordeal had left him psychologically scarred.
Army veteran Robert Tough, from Hockley Heath, near Solihull, suffered life-threatening bullet wounds to his face, foot, head and stomach in the attack in February 2006.
Abidan Raphael, the gunman, had been evicted from the venue for not having a ticket when he returned moments later to carry out the shooting.
He was later convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to at least 20 years in prison.
Mr Tough, a former soldier who completed five tours in Northern Ireland, had been contracted by Core Security to manage security and prevent violence during concerts at the NEC.
The 51-year-old is attempting to sue NEC Group Ltd, which manages the NEC and the NIA, for failing to stop the shooting.
Mr Tough gave evidence during the first day of a trial at the High Court in Birmingham yesterday.
He said: “I can remember every detail of what happened to me. I’ve thought about the incident every day since.
“It has changed my life and not for the better. I’ve not worked since.”
The NEC Group Ltd claims adequate security procedures were in place for the concert.
But Paul Bleasdale QC, acting for Mr Tough, argued the NEC Group Ltd was liable having adopted searches he described as “minimal, random and without diligence”.
He told the court: “Mr Tough is lucky to be here today.
“The defendant should have taken steps to have prevented security staff from being at risk.
“It should have assessed the risks to security staff, reviewed procedures for dealing with trouble makers and the chance of weapons being imported.
“It should have had a proper system or procedure for those suspected of having weapons and for preventing trouble makers from getting back into the arena particularly once excluded.”