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Mark Duggan vigil cancelled as inquest jury deliberates

INQUEST VERDICT AWAITED: Mark Duggan was shot dead by police in 2011

A CANDLELIGHT vigil for Mark Duggan that was due to take place tonight outside Tottenham Police station has been cancelled.

The event was scheduled to coincide with the return of the verdict in the inquest into the fatal police shooting of the 29-year-old Tottenham resident.

However, the postponement comes as the inquest jury enters their fourth day of deliberations.

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.”

The inquest coroner has instructed the jury 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.

In response to a question about the inquest verdict Protest group Riot From Wrong, who held a demonstration outside the Royal Courts of Justice on December 11, tweeted: “Wish I could tell you... I personally feel that an unlawful killing verdict will be returned, but I'm just guessing tbh.”

Justice for Mark Duggan promised to organise a future event.

They said: “We hope to organise a public occasion soon where everyone can come together as a mark of respect for Mark and as part of our ongoing fight for justice.”

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

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