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Mark Duggan’s mother leaves court on hearing death details

PRE-INQUEST HEARING: Mark Duggan was shot by police in August 2011

THE DISTRAUGHT mother of Mark Duggan, a man shot dead by police in August 2011, had to leave a pre-inquest hearing into his death when the family QC described her son's final moments.

Pam Duggan, who was joined by other family members at the Coroner's Court in Barnet, north London, excused herself from the courtroom when details of the 29-year-old’s passing were relayed to the court.

Mark Duggan was shot dead by police in Tottenham, north London, on August 4, 2011 in a pre-planned operation to arrest him. His death sparked the London riots in the same year.

A pre-inquest hearing was held today (Jan 28), at which a judge said a full inquest in Duggan's death would be held in September.

The inquest into Duggan’s death has been previously delayed on numerous occasions. The latest delay came Friday (Jan 25) when it was announced that the full inquest would not go ahead today (Jan 28) as expected.

Campaign organisation INQUEST had expressed disappointment.

Deborah Coles, INQUEST’s co-director, said: “Let us not forget there’s a bereaved family waiting for answers, alongside the wider community, about why Mark Duggan was shot dead by police officers.

“While there are legal complexities surrounding sensitive material, it is absolutely vital a solution is found quickly so that the family can get answers to their questions and there can be a thorough public examination into the circumstances surrounding this death.”

When speaking at the Coroner’s Court back in October, Duggan’s barrister Michael Mansfield QC said of another inquest delay: "There is a deep sense of injustice felt by all family members relating to Mark Duggan by the untrammelled exercise of the holding of a trial in public which canvassed the very issues which relate to the core of this inquest, namely the circumstances of Mark Duggan's death.

"This inquest was delayed in order to protect that trial, 15 months have gone by. When the trial came it was singularly apparent that no one lifted a finger to protect these proceedings - least of all the prosecutorial authorities and the investigatory authority of the IPCC."

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