A rap concert at which an NEC doorman was shot five times was deemed no more of a security risk than a Donny Osmond gig, a court heard.
Army veteran Robert Tough, from Hockley Heath, near Solihull, suffered life-threatening bullet wounds to his face, foot, head and stomach in the shooting at Kanye West’s show in February 2006.
The 51-year-old, who completed five tours of duty in Northern Ireland, had been contracted by Core Security to head up rapid response teams at NEC concerts where there was a perceived threat of violence and drugs.
But at a trial at the High Court in Birmingham, it emerged the search procedure for West’s show was categorised as “minimal and random”.
The court heard that particular type of search had been deployed by the NEC for a Donny Osmond concert and meant security staff needed only to check guests’ bags and bulky clothes on entry.
Mr Tough is attempting to sue NEC Group Ltd, which manages the NEC and the NIA, for failing to stop the shooting, which he claimed had left him mentally traumatised.
An experienced events co-ordinator yesterday told the court he would have employed tighter crowd searches for the concert.
Malcom Duthie, acting for Mr Tough, asked Wayne Calveley: “Knowing the full list of considerations for this concert included the threat of weapons, you would presumably have asked for a full pat down search?”
Mr Calveley replied: “Possibly, yes.”
The NEC Group Ltd has claimed adequate security procedures were in place for the concert.
Abidan Raphael, the gunman, had twice 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.