Court of Appeal considers challenge to lawful killing conclusion in Mark Duggan inquest

02.03.17 | |

 

The Court of Appeal will today hear the family’s challenge to the lawful killing conclusion in the Mark Duggan inquest. 

 

On 4 August 2011 Mark Duggan was shot and killed by a police officer. The inquest jury rejected the officer’s account that Mr Duggan was carrying a gun when he was shot. Despite the officer being only about 3 meters away and having a clear view of Mr Duggan, the jury decided Mr Duggan was lawfully killed. 

 

The family argue that the Coroner failed to properly direct the jury, and should have asked them to consider whether the officer’s claim that he believed Mr Duggan had a gun, was reasonable. 

 

Adam Straw acts for the family, led by Hugh Southey QC, and instructed by Marcia Willis-Stewart of Birnberg Peirce solicitors. 

 

Read press coverage in The Guardian here.

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