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Courtroom drama as Harry Redknapp loses cool with 'staring' policeman

‘I have always paid my taxes. I’ve always gone to the best available people… I have always paid too much tax rather than not enough.’

Harry Redknapp arrives at Southwark Crown Court  this morning.
Harry Redknapp arrives at Southwark Crown Court this morning.
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HARRY REDKNAPP LOST his cool during questioning at his tax evasion trial this afternoon as he shouted at a policeman for staring.

The Tottenham Hotspur boss held his hands up and looked around at Detective Inspector Dave Manley, saying: “Mr Manley, will you please stop staring at me. I know you are trying to cause me a problem, OK.”

Redknapp apologised to Judge Anthony Leonard for the interruption before his questioning resumed.

Redknapp and his former chairman at Portsmouth, Milan Mandaric, deny two counts of cheating the public revenue at times between 2002 and 2008 while they were working together.

Redknapp is accused of using a bank account in Monaco to stash $295,000 of transfer bonuses from Mandaric.

Later, Redknapp – the favourite to succeed England manager Fabio Capello after next summer’s European Championships – said he would have been distracted by plans to deal with David Beckham when he signed off on the six-figure bank transfer to Monaco in 2003.

When asked about the day he opened the account in the name of his dog, Rosie, Redknapp replied: “It would be a waste of time giving me forms, because I would have probably left them on a deck chair when me and [wife] Sandra went to the beach in the afternoon.

“I have always paid my taxes. I’ve always gone to the best available people… I have always paid too much tax rather than not enough.”

The trial continues.

- additional reporting AP

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