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Witness ‘saw cop move object’ from scene of Duggan shooting

As the inquest into the police shooting of Mark Duggan in August 2011 nears its end, a witness tells the jury she saw a cop run from the scene with an object, says?Annette Mackin

Issue No. 2381

Mark Duggans mother Pamela (left) and his aunt Carole outside the inquest last week

Mark Duggan's mother Pamela (left) and his aunt Carole outside the inquest last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)


An officer ran from the scene of Mark Duggan’s police shooting with an object wrapped in cloth, the inquest into his death has heard.

A witness told the jury that she saw the officer gather something close to the minicab Mark had been travelling in on Ferry Lane in Tottenham before he was shot by police. She then said she saw the officer run with it in the direction of Tottenham Hale.

The witness, who gave evidence via video link on Monday of this week, said that what she saw “looked dodgy”.

When asked about what she saw in more detail, she said “It looked like [the officer] had put something over the object to cover it”.

The inquest has heard how a gun was found just over 7 metres away from where Mark was shot by police.

The witness who gave evidence this week is the daughter of key witness Miss J. 

Miss J previously told the inquest that she saw an officer take a gun from the minicab around ten minutes after police shot Mark, and that the cop looked like “he had found gold”.

Gun

Miss J said, “I saw an officer come out the car with the gun…I could see all of the gun for two to three seconds before the officer placed it in the cloth.”

On Monday of last week Professor Jonathan Clasper, a military surgeon, gave evidence to the inquest. 

He agreed it is “very difficult to explain” how a gun was found just over 7 metres away from the scene of Mark’s shooting.

The firearms officer who shot Mark, known as V53, claimed earlier in the inquest to have had his eyes “glued” onto the weapon he alleges Mark was carrying. 

But Leslie Thomas representing Mark’s family said, “I specifically asked him [V53], ‘Did you see Mark Duggan throw the gun or make any sudden or jerky movements?’ and the answer was no. 

“Added to that, no single firearms officer who was in a position to see his body, not one of them say they saw him make a jerky movement or throw anything.”

The inquest continues.

 


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