source: The Guardian
published: 29 March 2017
The court of appeal has rejected an appeal by the mother of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by a police marksman sparked nationwide riots, to quash the inquest verdict that he was lawfully killed.
Duggan, 29, was shot by a Metropolitan police firearms officer known as V53 in Tottenham, north London, on 4 August 2011. Police said they believed he was planning an attack and that he was in possession of a handgun.
At Duggan’s inquest, the jury found that he was lawfully killed despite deciding he was unarmed at the time. Duggan’s mother, Pamela, 58, and other family members argued that the coroner had misdirected the jury.
They said that Judge Keith Cutler, who sat as assistant deputy coroner in the inquest, should have made clear that if they found Duggan to be unarmed at the time he was fatally shot they could not return a conclusion of lawful killing.
Mrs Duggan was not present for the ruling by the master of the rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice Davis and Lord Justice Underhill.