Duggan jury 'on quest for truth'
Jurors at the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan have been told they are on a "quest to find the truth" over whether the father of four was lawfully killed when he was shot by armed police, sparking a wave of riots across the country.
More than two years after the 29-year-old died, the full inquest into his death at the hands of Scotland Yard marksmen began at the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday.
Mr Duggan was killed when he was shot by police who stopped the taxi in which he was travelling in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011. Local outrage at the police shooting marked the start of a wave of rioting, looting and arson across the UK.
The coroner, Judge Keith Cutler, told the jury: "It is a quest to find the truth. This may sound rather grand but it is in fact an important task and one which may take us a little time."
Several relatives and loved ones of Mr Duggan attended the hearing, and his mother, Pamela Duggan, left in tears during the afternoon session. Judge Cutler said the jury would have to answer a number of questions, including whether Mr Duggan was lawfully killed.
"It may be the case that the heart of your considerations will be whether Mark Duggan was killed lawfully or unlawfully," the coroner said. "There is no dispute that Mark Duggan sadly died as a result of a bullet fired by a police officer. You will hear evidence from that officer."
He added: "We will no doubt all listen with particular care to his explanations for his actions."
The coroner held a short silence in Court 73 as a mark of respect for Mr Duggan's family, and to acknowledge the "regrettable loss of a young life".
He said: "It is right that you should know that present in court today are a number of Mark Duggan's family and friends and to acknowledge the grief of those family and friends and to respect that loss we will together just have some moments of silence as we sit here to recognise the seriousness of the hearing for which we are about to undertake."
Earlier a list of witnesses was read to the panel, including Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, who was convicted of supplying a gun to Mr Duggan. The 11 jurors are due to visit the area where Mr Duggan died on Thursday. The panel have been given anonymity and were referred to in court only by numbers.