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Mark Duggan's family questions cops’ conduct

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2424

Marching on the third anniversary of Mark’s death this year

Marching on the third anniversary of Mark’s death this year (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The family of Mark Duggan has raised serious questions over police conduct surrounding his shooting in August 2011 and the investigation into his death.

At a meeting in north London last Saturday family members and supporters revealed that important evidence was withheld from the inquest. 

In 2013 Mark’s family received an anonymous letter alleging that Mark was set up to be killed by an informant who was being paid by Trident. 

Trident was the police outfit responsible for investigating “black on black” gun crime. 

The reliability of the letter was not tested during the inquest because police said they were poised to arrest the sender for perverting the course of justice. 

This meant that the Duggan family’s legal team did not get to talk about the letter alleging police corruption. 

But the family revealed they now know that someone was arrested but later released with no further action. 

They point out that, because the evidence detailed in the letter wasn’t discussed fully, the inquest was not open and transparent. 

Campaigner Stafford Scott said, “I say that is misleading the jury, misleading the judge and denying us an opportunity to examine something that has been put into the public domain.” 

The meeting, organised by the Justice for Mark Duggan campaign, was called as a judicial review into the inquest conclusion of lawful killing was set to end. 

Carole Duggan, Mark’s aunt, said that whatever the judicial review’s decision, “We cannot forget. We have to carry on digging, digging and digging.” 

Mark’s brother, Shaun Hall, also revealed that the family has further questions regarding the person who is currently in prison for supplying Mark with a gun. 

Kevin Hutchinson-Foster’s DNA was on a gun that was found just over seven metres from where Mark was shot. The DNA of a man called Peter Osadbey was also found on the gun. 

Pistol

Osadbey alleges he was pistol whipped by Hutchinson-Foster outside a hair salon in Hackney, east London, a week before Mark was killed, and it is his blood on the gun. 

Shaun said that police knew that Hutchinson-Foster allegedly had three guns and was going to supply one to Mark. But they did not arrest him for 13 weeks. He was later jailed for supplying the gun, although he denies this.

And Shaun revealed that officers in charge of investigating the pistol whipping did not properly investigate CCTV footage. 

They also did not circulate the image of Hutchinson-Foster, update the record of the crime or properly interview witnesses. 

Shaun asked, “Who is Kevin Hutchinson-Foster and what is his relationship with Trident and the Metropolitan Police service?” 

The meeting also marked the 29th anniversary of the death of Cynthia Jarrett, which sparked the 1985 riots in Tottenham against police brutality. 

Her son Floyd Jarrett told the meeting, “My mum’s case has not moved from the coroner’s court. 

“I do not want the same for Mark.

“We have to make sure we do get justice because it’s going to keep going on 30, 40, 50 years. 

“We have to win justice for some of us.”


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