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Duggan pre-inquest hearing to take place today


A PRE-INQUEST hearing of a man whose death was the catalyst for the 2011 summer riots will begin today (January 28).

Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police in Tottenham, north London, on August 4, 2011 and an eight-week inquest into his death is scheduled to begin at the Coroner’s Court in Barnet, north London, at 2pm.

The inquest into Duggan’s death has been previously delayed on numerous occasions.

One of the reasons why it was delayed was because of the trial of Kevin Hutchinson-Foster last year, who was on trial charged with providing Duggan with a firearm.

However, the jury failed to reach a verdict.

During that trial Duggan’s family had to hear new evidence regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.

When speaking at the Coroner’s Court back in October, Duggan’s barrister Michael Mansfield QC said of the inquest delay: "There is a deep sense of injustice felt by all family members relating to Mark Duggan by the untrammelled exercise of the holding of a trial in public which canvassed the very issues which relate to the core of this inquest, namely the circumstances of Mark Duggan's death.

"This inquest was delayed in order to protect that trial, 15 months have gone by. When the trial came it was singularly apparent that no one lifted a finger to protect these proceedings - least of all the prosecutorial authorities and the investigatory authority of the IPCC."

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