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INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF JAMES FOX FATALLY SHOT BY METROPOLITAN POLICE RESUMES TODAY
20 SEPTEMBER 2016
10am, Before HMC Andrew Walker,
Address: North London Coroner’s Court, 29 Wood Street, Barnet, EN5 4BE
James Fox had a history of mental health issues. He was fatally shot by MPS officers at his home in Picardy House, Enfield shortly before midnight on 30th August 2015. Two officers fired five shots between them and he died at the scene.
The inquest into his death started on Monday 15th August 2016. It was adjourned before reaching a verdict so that three of the police officers (including the two who fired the fatal shots) could be recalled to give further witness evidence following late disclosure of relevant training documentation.
INQUEST is working with the family. The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Harpreet Aujla of Matthew Gold Solicitors and Owen Greenhall of Garden Court Chambers.
Deborah Coles, Director of INQUEST said:
“We welcomed the adjournment in order to ensure that all evidence is now open to scrutiny through the inquest process on behalf of James’s family. The year he died saw the highest number of fatal police shootings since 2010; two of these shootings involved the MPS”.
Notes to editors:
Please note the family of James Fox and INQUEST will not be making any further statements until conclusion of the inquest.
Source: INQUEST Casework and monitoring
For further information, please contact: INQUEST caseworker Victoria McNally (tel. 020 7263 1111) or the family’s solicitor Harpreet Aujla (tel. 020 8445 9268).
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 immigration detention or psychiatric care. INQUEST's policy and parliamentary work is informed by its casework and we work to ensure that the collective experiences of bereaved people underpin that work. Its overall aim is to secure an investigative process that treats bereaved families with dignity and respect; ensures accountability and disseminates the lessons learned from the investigation process in order to prevent further deaths.
Please refer to INQUEST the organisation in all capital letters in order to distinguish it from the legal hearing.
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