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Top cop grilled over ‘theory’ of gun at Mark Duggan Inquest

Issue No. 2378

A former Metropolitan Police commander told the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan that he was not told that Mark had pointed a gun at police before he was shot. Stuart Cundy, who was in charge of the Trident gang crime command, gave evidence at the inquest on Thursday of last week.

The officer who shot Mark has already given evidence and claimed  that he shot Mark in self defence after he saw him with a gun. But Cundy told the jury, “There is nothing in my statement and there was nothing I was ever told that suggested Mark Duggan moved to officers with a gun. 

“I was told that an arm had been raised and but that was it.”

Michael Mansfield QC, representing the Duggan family, asked Cundy if he knew how the gun had found its way over the wall.

Cundy replied, “He [Duggan] could have raised his arm to throw the gun away which might have looked like he was pointing the gun at an officer. He was then shot in the arm and this momentum could have meant the gun went over the wall. 

“But this is only a hypothesis—it’s not evidence.” Mansfield then suggested to Cundy that he had spread this theory to other cops after the shooting.

Cundy denied this but said he had spoken to officers about this although he had made it clear it was just a theory.

The inquest continues.

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