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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
An inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, whose shooting last summer sparked riots in London and across the United Kingdom, has been set for January.
Twenty-nine-year-old Duggan was shot by Police in Tottenham on August 4 2011. A recent trial of Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, who is accused of supplying Duggan with a firearm, included details of evidence surrounding Duggan’s death.
An eight-week inquest has now been set for January 28.
Relatives of Duggan felt “a deep sense of injustice” when accounts of his death were widely publicised as part of Hutchinson-Foster’s trial, a court heard today.
Their barrister, Michael Mansfield QC, urged coroner Andrew Walker to hold an inquest into Duggan’s death as quickly as possible, claiming proceedings had been put at risk by publicity of the trial.
He told North London Coroner’s Court: “There is a deep sense of injustice felt by all family members relating to Mark Duggan by the untrammelled exercise of the holding of a trial in public which canvassed the very issues which relate to the core of this inquest, namely the circumstances of Mark Duggan’s death.
Speaking outside court, Mr Duggan’s aunt, Carole, said: “We’re really pleased with the coroner’s final result. The confirmation that we are going to get an inquest in January... we’re relieved with that because we have been in limbo for so long and this puts a grip on the case, to know that we are going to get an inquest in January. I’d really like to thank the coroner for doing that for us today.
“It’s a sad occasion but we are feeling confident for January.”
Turning to Hutchinson-Foster’s trial, she said: “There has been a lot of negative publicity about Mark and it wasn’t Mark’s case at all. By January hopefully the public will get what we get - the truth.”
Mr Duggan’s brother, Shaun Hall, said: “It’s the first time that we have left here with a bit of hope that we can get the truth. The farce that has gone on with a certain person that had a trial that turned into the Mark Duggan trial, we can now put that aside. We can find out exactly what happened without people trying to jeopardise what we need to hear.
“We are told that in January we are going to get our day in court.
“The coroner was not prepared to lie down, he does want to see this in front of a jury as we do. All we are looking for is the truth.”