Mark Duggan inquest jury offered counselling

Family members and friends of Mark Duggan verbally abused jurors after they returned a verdict of “lawful killing”

Family members and friends of Mark Duggan verbally abused jurors after they returned a verdict of “lawful killing”

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The jury in the Mark Duggan inquest has been offered counselling after its members were threatened and verbally abused in court.

Family members and friends of the 29-year-old, who was shot dead by an armed police officer, reacted with fury after jurors returned a verdict of “lawful killing”.

Mr Duggan was killed in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, on August 4, 2011, after the minicab he was travelling was stopped as part of an operation to tackle gun crime.

His death sparked riots in Tottenham and across England.

A statement issued on behalf of the Mark Duggan inquest said: "Judge Cutler has ordered that jurors and protected witnesses remain anonymous until a further order is made.

“The jury have been offered counselling by Barnet coroners court, this is routinely offered to juror's dealing with distressing and sensitive material.

“The jury has the inquest teams contact details if they have any queries or concerns.

Immediately after the jury forewoman announced the decision, on Wednesday afternoon, people in the public gallery rose to their feet and started screaming and shouting at jury.

Jurors, who were quickly rushed out of the room, were known only by a number and the coroner, Judge Keith Cutler, decided at the start of the inquest that they should have anonymity.

The day after the chaotic and angry scenes in the inquest court room, at the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London, the coroner made a ruling continuing the anonymity for the ten jury members and for witnesses whose names were not revealed in court.

Those witnesses include the officer who fired the fatal shot and other officers involved in the operation.

Also remaining anonymous are civilian witnesses whose evidence was critical of the police.

The statement added: "The jury were selected from the North London Barnet Coroners Court area. This covers five London boroughs and approximately 1.3m people."

The seven women and three men sat through three months of contradictory and sometimes harrowing evidence.

They were praised by the coroner for their service and are excused from sitting on a jury for the rest of their lives.

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