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Gun plant claims 'highly offensive' says Mark Duggan officer

SHOT DEAD: Mark Duggan was fatally shot by armed police

THE POLICEMAN who shot and killed Mark Duggan branded the suggestion that he planted the gun as “highly offensive.”

Giving his testimony to the inquest jury, the officer, identified only as V59, insisted he was not a liar during a heated exchange with Leslie Thomas - the lawyer representing the Duggan family.

Thomas claimed there were inconsistencies between V59's evidence and the testimonies given by other officers.

The lawyer also accused him of planting a weapon near Duggan's body.

Questioning how the officer knew there would be a gun on the other side of a fence on a green in Tottenham near the scene of the shooting, he said: "I'm going to suggest to you, V59, that you knew where the gun was before the officers had gone round (the fence), because you, and all of your colleagues had planted it there.”

V59 replied: "Mr Thomas, I find that highly offensive. I did not plant any gun at any scene. I find that highly offensive."

Mr Thomas put it to the officer that he was told their movements were being filmed on CCTV cameras in the area.

"Somebody tipped you off about the video didn't they?" the lawyer said.

"Mr Thomas, please don't say things like that," V59 replied.

The lawyer continued: "You've been caught out, haven't you."

But V59 insisted: "Please don't call me a liar. I have come to give evidence. I have not been caught out. I have told no lies."

Suggesting V59 or one of the officers on his team had brought a weapon to the scene, Mr Thomas asked: "Who had the gun?"

The witness replied: "No one put the gun on the green. Mark Duggan had the gun in his hand."

He added: "Sir, you've accused me of planting a gun."

Mr Thomas replied: "I've also accused you of being a liar."

V59 told the Royal Courts of Justice that Mr Duggan had the gun that was found near the scene.

Mr Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police in Ferry Lane in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011.

His death sparked riots across London and England later that summer.

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