Review of the year - December

Haringey Independent: In December the borough celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela and marked the former president’s connection to Haringey In December the borough celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela and marked the former president’s connection to Haringey

In December, a “brave and courageous” man described how he ran back into a burning building to try to save his friend and housemate when he gave evidence at an inquest.

Architect Dipen Kavia, 34, died after he accidently set himself on fire at his flat in High Road, Wood Green, in February.

Members of his family, watched proceedings from the public gallery, burst into tears after hearing the testimony of flatmates Ngongu Body and Colin Tsiengane.

Mr Tsiengane explained to the court how he ran back into the burning building to try to save Mr Kavia’s life.

Meanwhile, an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris was just one of the auction items that helped raise more than £2,400 for a Tottenham community campaign.

The Selby Centre, based in Selby Road, joined forces with Kings Estate Agents to host the event in aid of it global garden and global kitchen project.

It aims to encourage people to grow and cook their own food, as well as provide members of the community with skills to help them find work.

Also in December, Jurors in the Mark Duggan inquest retired to consider their verdict and “establish the truth” of whether he was killed lawfully or unlawfully.

Coroner Keith Cutler told the jury they could decide that he was either shot lawfully or unlawfully, or return an open verdict.

But after days of deliberation, in which Judge Cutler relaxed his initial request for a unanimous verdict, the inquest was adjourned until the new year.

In other news, South African flags were flown at half-mast across the borough to honour the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela and mark his connection to Haringey.

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