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Questions over how gun was 'thrown'

Issue No. 2386

The jury ruled by nine to one that it was more likely than not that Mark threw a gun to where one was found 7.34 metres away from where he was shot.

Of the nine, eight concluded that Mark threw this as soon as the minicab came to a stop and prior to any officers being on the pavement.

Yet evidence given during the inquest makes it difficult to see how this could be possible.

After boxing in the minicab in a “hard stop” police were immediately out of their vehicles. 

One officer, known as W42, was shot in his radio by a police bullet. W42 told the inquest that he was out of his vehicle and on the pavement as the minicab doors were sliding open.

He then said that he saw Mark getting out. Leslie Thomas QC asked W42, “Did you see anything being thrown from the cab?” W42 replied, “No, sir, I didn’t.”

W42 then said he had his eyes on the cab at all times in the run-up to the stop. He said he did not see anything being thrown from the vehicle.

There were just ten seconds between the hard stop and the shooting. There was no opportunity for Mark to throw a heavy gun over seven metres without being seen.

There were no fingerprints or DNA from Mark on the gun or on the sock it was wrapped in. Yet Mark wasn’t wearing gloves when he was shot.

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