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Harry Stanley timeline

Issue No. 1974

September 1999
Harry Stanley is shot dead by armed police in Hackney, east London. The 46 year old father of three, who was recovering from cancer, was shot in the head and hand.

June 2002
The first inquest returns an open verdict. The jury were denied the opportunity to return a verdict of unlawful killing. By failing to find the killing lawful the jury were rejecting the officers’ accounts.

April 2003
The high court orders a new inquest.

October 2004
The second inquest hears new ballistics evidence indicating that Harry Stanley was “slightly facing away” from the officer who fired the fatal shot. The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing. The two police involved in the shooting were suspended.

May 2005
The high court quashes the verdict of the second inquest.

June 2005
The two police involved in the shooting are arrested by Surrey police as part of an investigation launched following the second inquest.

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Sat 29 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1974
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