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Mark Duggan inquest considering allowing majority verdict

SHOT DEAD: Mark Duggan was fatally shot by armed police

THE TEAM investigating the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan are considering a hearing tomorrow to decide whether they would accept a majority verdict.

A media spokesman for the inquest has confirmed that the option is on the table, if the jury does not return with a verdict by noon tomorrow (November 18).

A majority verdict would mean that the jury will not need to come to a unanimous decision.

If the special hearing goes ahead the coroner will receive submissions from both lawyers to inform his conclusion on the matter.

Today the inquest jury entered their fourth day of deliberations. The coroner has instructed them to answer five questions before reaching their verdict.

Summing up the 12-week hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, Judge Keith Cutler also warned the 11 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.

A candlelight vigil outside Tottenham police station, that was due to happen tonight, was cancelled. The meeting was scheduled to coincide with the return of the verdict.

The notice of the cancellation was posted on the "Justice for Mark Duggan" Facebook campaigning page.

A message to friends and supporters read: “Waiting for the verdict has been very difficult and we would like to take time for pause on the day itself which is expected very soon.

“We thank everyone for their support so far and ask people to be present in the public gallery of the court on the day of the verdict, or send messages of support to justiceformarkduggan@gmail.com.”

Duggan’s death sparked riots that spread across London and England in the summer of 2011.

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