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Mark Duggan inquest adjourned until next year

SHOT DEAD: Mark Duggan was fatally shot by armed police in August 2011

THE INQUEST into the death of Tottenham resident Mark Duggan has been adjourned until next year as the jury completed their sixth day of deliberations.

A proposed timetable which would have seen the jury return on January 2 was today amended to January 7.

Yesterday the coroner announced his decision to accept a majority verdict.

Under section 9 of The Coroners and Justice Act 2009, the 10-person jury has been told that they may reach conclusions and findings on which at least 8 of them are agreed.

A statement from the inquest read: “This means that Judge Keith Cutler feels a reasonable amount of time has elapsed and he will now accept a majority conclusion.

“He is still encouraging the jury to reach a unanimous decision if one can be achieved. The lowest decision he can accept is 8-2 for any conclusion or determination, he will also accept 9-1 or 10-0.”

Last week, summing up the 12-week hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, Judge Keith Cutler warned the 10 jurors to be careful about making conclusions about Duggan.

He said: "There is no trial, no findings of guilt. There is no prosecution. You must be careful before you make conclusions about Mark Duggan’s character - no one is on trial here, least of all Mark Duggan."

The three possible outcomes of the inquest are lawful killing, unlawful killing or an open conclusion.

Duggan, 29, was travelling in a taxi in August 2011 when he was intercepted by police in Ferry Lane in Tottenham, north London, as part of an intelligence-led operation.

The officer who shot Duggan claim he fired in self-defence after the Tottenham resident pointed a gun at him.

Duggan's death sparked riots and disorder in London and England in the summer of 2011.

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