Justice for Mark Duggan – July 9th and 10th


Justice for Mark – support the family at the Royal Courts of Justice on the 9th and 10th of July.

Mark Duggan vigilWhere: The Royal Courts of Justice – Strand, WC2A 2LL
When: 9 am on both the 9th and 10th of July


“We are having a judicial review on 9 and 10 July. Let’s hope we get this [perverse] verdict overturned.” Carole Duggan


On April 8, the High Court allowed the [judicial] review saying it could be arguable that the lawful killing verdict cannot stand because of alleged errors the coroner made when he directed the jury about the law.

In a judgement for limited permission for a judicial review Justice Mitford said: “The coroner’s direction to the jury about the conclusion of lawful killing was arguably inadequate in two respects – it failed to make clear to the jury that they must conclude, on the balance of probabilities, that:

• V53 [the police marksman] did honestly, even if mistakenly, believe that Mark Duggan held a gun in his hand immediately before he was shot.

• If V53 had that honest belief and it was mistaken, the mistake must have been a reasonable one for him to have made.”

The High Court ruling continues: “The coroner’s direction did not address either of these questions. If it should have done, it is, in consequence, arguable that the conclusion of lawful killing cannot stand.”

Duggan’s brother, Shaun Hall, told the Guardian: “The day we walked out of the high court after the jury returned a verdict of lawful killing it was as though Mark had been killed all over again as far as the family was concerned.

“Today’s permission to judicially review the coroner’s directions to the jury is a glimmer of hope for us that maybe we can still get justice for Mark. We know we still have a long road ahead but today we are a step nearer to getting justice for Mark.”