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'No forensic evidence' that Mark Duggan touched gun

ALLEGED GUN: A forensics expert says no DNA or fingerprints belonging to Mark Duggan were found on the firearm he was allegedly carrying

NO FINGERPRINTS or DNA belonging to Mark Duggan were found on the gun he was alleged to have been holding when police shot him dead, an inquest jury has heard.

The claim was made by Metropolitan Police fingerprints expert Jacqueline Landais, who gave evidence yesterday (November 13) at the Inquest into Duggan’s death.

Duggan, 29, was travelling in a taxi in August 2011 when he was intercepted by police in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, as part of an intelligence-led operation.

The officer who shot Duggan claim he fired in self-defence after the Tottenham resident pointed a gun at him.

A firearm was later found wrapped in a sock between 10 to 20 feet away from where he was killed.

Landais told jurors that there were no finger prints or DNA “attributable to Mark Duggan” on the gun or the sock.

She added that because guns are made up of smaller parts it could be difficult to recover usable finger prints.

The expert also told the inquest that Duggan’s fingerprints were on the outside of the box, which police claim he used to carry the gun, but not on the inside.

When asked by Lawyer Adam Straw, representing Duggan’s family, if there was any evidence to suggest the 29-year-old had opened the shoebox, she replied: “No, there is nothing showing Mr Duggan opened the box carrying the gun.”

The inquest continues.

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