ANGRY FAMILIES demanded answers as they walked away from two court cases last week. They wanted to know if they would ever get any justice. A jury reached an 'open' verdict in the inquest of Harry Stanley, who was shot by Metropolitan Police officers in September 1999.
Harry Stanley, a 40 year old painter and decorator who suffered from ill health, was shot in the head from behind, outside his home in Hackney, east London. The coroner refused to allow the jury to consider an 'unlawful killing' verdict. Harry's widow, Irene Stanley, said, 'It's disgusting. We have been denied justice.
'I am not going to walk away. I am going to fight on for justice for my Harry, an unarmed member of the public gunned down while walking home. I don't have a choice. They killed my husband, the father of my children. I am not letting them get away with it.'
The trial of five police officers for the manslaughter of Christopher Alder collapsed last week-two years after an inquest found he was 'unlawfully killed'. Christopher Alder died after he choked on his own blood and vomit while in police custody at Queen's Gardens police station in Hull in April 1998.
Christopher's sister Janet said, 'This is a scandal. It is an insult to Christopher's memory that the case has been halted. 'A criminal jury has been denied the chance to reach its verdict, and we have been cheated of justice.'