A pre-inquest hearing into Mark Duggan’s death took place yesterday, with a date for the full inquiry set for sometime in September. Meaning that the investigation into his death will be happening more than two years after his death.
The full inquiry was originally meant to take place on yesterday but was indefinitely delayed “because of issues about sensitive material”, said INQUEST, the organisation which are helping the Duggan family through this process.
One of the reasons for the delays into the inquiry is the fact that Independent Police Complaints Commission have not yet completed their reports – despite saying it would be finished last summer.
Ashley Underwood QC, counsel to the inquest, said that the only established facts surrounding Mark’s death were that his fingerprints were found on a shoebox containing a gun – which police believe was given to him 15 minutes before the shooting. However, his fingerprints were not found on the gun itself or the sock that the gun was in.
Officials are also considering streaming the inquiry live on the internet, with Ashley Underwood QC stating:
We are considering a live video and audio feed to be available to the public. It would be desirable, if practicable.
If the inquest is streamed live, it’ll make it the first time that this has happened. However, testimonies from firearms police will not be included in any potential live streaming.
Pamela Duggan, Mark’s mother said:
I’m glad I got the response to have my son’s inquest in September, and I hope it stays in September, because I want to know how he died. I don’t rate them (IPCC) at all. They’ve never given me help or support.
Another pre-inquest hearing is due to take place on 28 March.