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Mark Duggan mum: 'My beautiful son didn't deserve to die'

FAMILY AFFAIR: Pamela Duggan, centre, arrives with other relatives at the inquest into her son Mark's death (PA)

THE MOTHER of Mark Duggan said her son "may not have been an angel" but he did not deserve to be shot dead by police.

Pamela Duggan sobbed as she read out a statement in the inquest into the 29-year-old’s death.

Police fatally fired at Duggan in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, north London, after halting a minicab he was travelling in on August 4, 2011.

Following his death riots broke out in London before spreading across England.

Ms Duggan said her son’s death in 2011 had a dramatic effect on his father Bruno, who died from cancer last year.

She said: "When Mark died, Bruno stopped talking and would not say anything to anybody except, 'they killed my son, they killed my boy'.

"I believe it completely finished Bruno and he didn't have the will or the strength to fight the cancer.

"He just gave up."

During her statement, Ms Duggan described the “total shock" that she experienced when initially hearing of his death, leading her to be prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping tablets by her doctor.

The jury heard her hopes that the hearing will find out why her son was killed and why he was not arrested, if police believed he had done something wrong.

The inquest held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London continues.

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