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The inquest into the shooting of Mark Duggan who's death sparked the London Riots, has heard claims police shot him in self defence The 29-year-old was killed in Tottenham after being pulled over by officers.
Police say he was under surveillance as they believed he was collecting a gun from an associate. From the inquest our correspondent Simon Harris reports.
Ashley Underwood QC has finished outlining the case. No witnesses this week but the inquest will make a site visit on Thursday.
Jurors at the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan have been told they are on a "quest to find the truth" over whether the father-of-four was lawfully killed when he was shot by armed police.
The jury is shown a photo of Duggan's hooded, padded jacket, with bullet holes.
Ashley Underwood QC: "V53's account is that Mr Duggan had a gun in his hand and he was bringing it into the aim position... Chest wound would have been fatal in about 10 heartbeats but might not have prevented someone from moving.
Underwood asks if Duggan had the gun as he left the car or had he thrown it away?
Ashley Underwood QC: This picture is complicated by an anonymous letter. Letter says an informant hatched a plan for Duggan to pick up the gun. Letter goes on to suggest that was bound to lead to Duggan to being shot dead. Anything less would lead to the informant being identified.
The jury has been invited to consider a list of issues:
- What was the intelligence about Duggan?
- Was the stop conducted to minimise lethal force?
- Was Duggan armed when he exited the minicab?
The jury is shown a photograph of an automatic pistol in a sock. It had one round in it.
Ashley Underwood QC: "Gun wasn't under Duggan's body but 10-20 feet away in a sock beyond some railings... one reason to put a gun in a sock is to avoid fingerprints... I'm not suggesting one way or another Mr Duggan was a criminal."
The jury is shown a map of Vicarage Road where it is said Duggan was handed a gun by Kevin Hutchinson-Foster.
Ashley Underwood QC: Mr Duggan was in the back of a Toyota minicar. It was stopped by police. Duggan got out and was shot twice. Thec ase involves a "Trident" operation focussing on a gang called TMD.
Day 2 of the Mark Duggan inquest in Court 73 at the Royal Courts of Justice. Counsel for the inquest Ashley Underwood QC outlines the events of August 4th 2011.
Ashley Underwood QC: "There is going to be a considerable amount of evidence." Underwood has two questions - was the police operation planned to minimise lethal force? And, was it absolutely necessary for the police officer to fire the lethal shot?
The jury has been told they will be hit by an "alphabet soup" of police acronyms and initials.
An inquest has begun into the police shooting of Mark Duggan, who's death two years ago sparked widespread rioting across London and beyond. The 29-year-old was killed in Tottenham when police stopped the taxi he was in.
Today the coroner told the jury the 8 week inquest was 'a quest to find the truth' about the shooting. From court, our correspondent Simon Harris reports.