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Court of Appeal to consider lawfulness of Coroner’s directions in the Mark Duggan Inquest.
10am Thursday 2 March 2017
Royal Courts of Justice - Court of Appeal
(court room to be announced)
On 4th August 2011 Mark Duggan was killed by a firearms officer of the Metropolitan Police service known as V53. The jury found that Mr Duggan was lawfuly killed despite finding he was unarmed at the time.
The family seek to quash the inquest conclusion arguing that the Coroner misdirected the jury. The Coroner should have made clear that if they found Mark to be unarmed at the time, they could not return a conclusion of lawful killing.
INQUEST has been working with the family of Mark Duggan since his death in August 2011. The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Marcia Willis Stewart and Cyrilia Davies Knight from Birnberg Pierce & Partners Solicitors and Barristers Hugh Southey QC Matrix Chambers and Adam Straw of Doughty Street Chambers.
Notes to editors:
Neither Mark Duggan's family, INQUEST or the legal team will not be making any comment at this stage.
For further information please contact: Gill Goodby (Media) or Anita Shama email@example.com on 020 7263 1111.
INQUEST provides specialist advice on deaths in custody or detention or involving state failures in England and Wales.This includes a death in prison, in police custody or following police contact, in immagration detention or psychiatric care. INQUEST'S policy and parliamentary is informed by its casework and we work to ensure that the collective experiences of bereaved people underpin the work. Its overall aim is to secure an investigative process that treats bereaved people with dignity and respect; ensuring accountability and disseminates the lessons learnt from the investigation process in order to prevent further deaths.
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