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Mark Duggan witness ‘saw an officer move a gun’

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2376

A key witness to the police shooting of Mark Duggan told the inquest into his death that she saw an officer move a gun after Mark died.

The woman, known only as Miss J, gave evidence to the inquest on Wednesday of last week. 

She said that a cop looked like “he’d found gold” after picking up the weapon in the taxi Mark was travelling in. She told the inquest the officer took the gun from the car around ten minutes after police shot Mark. 

Miss J said, “I went back by the path but I stood and watched. I saw police dragging Mr Duggan out the car. It was from the back on the left hand side.”

When asked if she saw a gun Miss J said, “I saw an officer come out the car with the gun. It will never leave me for the simple reason it’s not often you see a gun in broad daylight.

“I could see all of the gun for two to three seconds before the officer placed it in the cloth.

“He was walking like he was showing it to somebody. He was moving from the back towards the front of the car.

“He had an expression like he’d found gold. I don’t know what happened after that.”

A gun was later recovered behind a fence up to 20 yards from where Mark died. It is alleged he threw the gun to get rid of evidence when the police stopped him.

Mark died within ten heartbeats after being gunned down in Tottenham, north London, on 4 August 2011. His death sparked riots across Britain. 

The inquest continues.


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Tue 22 Oct 2013, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2376
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