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Mark Duggan's mum challenges ‘lawful killing’ verdict

KILLED: Mark Duggan

THE MOTHER of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police in London sparked nationwide riots, will challenge an inquest that ruled his killing was 'lawful'.

Duggan’s lawyers will be argue that the inquest jury’s verdict should be overturned as it was ‘misdirected’.

The hearing, which will take place at the High Court in London today (July 9) will point to the fact that the coroner failed to inform the jury that Mark Duggan was not holding a gun at the time of his death, which would render the lawful killing verdict as incorrect.

Carole Duggan, Mark's aunt, said: "We as a family, like a lot of the public, were shocked by the outcome of the inquest into Mark's death – that the jury could have reached a lawful killing conclusion when they also concluded Mark was unarmed.

"We are equally shocked by the coroner's report, as his concerns, based on his recommendations, mirror exactly the concerns of the family before the inquest had even begun.

The inquest found that 29-year-old Mark Duggan was lawfully killed when he was shot by a police marksman, known only as V53, in Ferry Lane, Tottenham on August 4, 2011.

His death resulted in unrest and riots that spread from London to other cities in England.

The decision of lawful killing was made by the 10-person jury, who have remained anonymous throughout the inquest, as have members of the armed police unit at the scene who provided evidence in court.

The judicial review should continue for the next two days.

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