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Mark Duggan's family lose inquest appeal

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Inquest ruling appeal lost. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39428862

The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots around England, have lost a legal challenge against the conclusion his death was lawful.

Jurors concluded the 29-year-old was lawfully killed by a police marksman in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011.

Mr Duggan's mother, Pamela, had asked for the January 2014 finding to be quashed.

But three Court of Appeal judges have rejected her case.

His family was challenging an October 2014 High Court ruling which found the jury was legally entitled to have reached its conclusion.

'Matter of common sense'

They found that the police officer who twice shot Mr Duggan, known as V53, "honestly believed" he was holding a gun at the time.

At the appeal court, the family had argued jurors should also have been directed to consider whether the police officer's belief was also reasonable.

But the judges said there was "no need for the coroner to spell out to the jury that, as part of their decision whether V53 honestly believed that Mr Duggan had a gun and was about to use it, they needed to consider whether such a belief was reasonable".

They said this consideration was, as "a matter of common sense", an "inevitable part of the exercise".

Mr Duggan's shooting led to five days of rioting in London, which spread to other cities across the country.

Edited by WorkingPoor

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They found that the police officer who twice shot Mr Duggan, known as V53, "honestly believed" he was holding a gun at the time.

At the appeal court, the family had argued jurors should also have been directed to consider whether the police officer's belief was also reasonable.


What a waste of time and money over a stupid academic point.

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So, there you are, a copper, gun in hand, and you think that St. Mark of Dugganshire has a gun and is about to use it on you.

How many milliseconds do you have to give him as he turns towards you whilst you wonder if your belief is reasonable?

If I recall correctly, there was a doctor who explained that as the bullet hit Duggan, an involuntary muscular reflex could have thrown the gun into the grass where it was found.

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