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Trial ends with no verdict and no answers over Mark Duggan

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2326

Protesting against deaths in custory

Protesting against deaths in custory (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The jury in the trial of a man accused of supplying a gun to Mark Duggan failed to reach a decision last week. Kevin Hutchinson-Foster will now face a retrial. A hearing on 2 November will decide the date.

Mark was shot dead by police in August last year, sparking riots in London and other cities across England. Some police witnesses in the trial said that Mark reached for a gun when the car he was travelling in was stopped on 4 August 2011.

Officer V53 told the trial how he shot Mark twice. He said, “The gun was still in his hand as I fired the round which impacted on his right chest.”

A gun was later found 12 feet away. An expert witness told the trial that the gun could not have landed there if Mark was pointing it at police when he was shot. None of Mark’s fingerprints or DNA were found on the gun.

“It feels like this has been the Mark Duggan trial,” said Mark’s brother Shaun Hall. “We still are no closer to finding out the truth about why Mark was killed.”


Hung jury in racism trial

A police officer accused of a racially aggravated public order offence began his retrial on Monday of this week.

PC Alex MacFarlane was recorded telling 21 year old Mauro Demetrio “The problem with you is that you will always be a nigger.”

The jury failed to come to a decision after the first trial. The retrial continues.

United Families and Friends protest against deaths in custody. Assemble 12.30pm, Trafalgar Square, London, Saturday 27 October.

A solidarity picket has been called for Alfie Meadows, a student protester facing retrial for violent disorder, next Monday. Go to www.defendtherighttoprotest.org

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Tue 23 Oct 2012, 17:13 BST
Issue No. 2326
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