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Duggan Inquest To Hear Claims Gun 'Planted'
The inquest into the death of Mark Duggan is to examine whether a gun found near the scene of his fatal shooting may have been "planted" by police.
The 29-year-old was shot dead by armed officers in Tottenham, north London on August 4, 2011.
Police claimed Mr Duggan had been in possession of a gun at the time he was stopped.
However, police did not find the gun on Mr Duggan's body. It was found on grass, between three and seven metres away from the site of the shooting.
The inquest jury, examining the circumstances surrounding the shooting, was taken on a visit to the scene of Mr Duggan's death on Thursday.
Traffic on the busy Ferry Lane in Tottenham was stopped and a silver people carrier was parked at the scene to replicate the minicab that Mr Duggan was travelling in prior to being shot.
The jury, clutching red folders, was led to the vehicle by the coroner, Judge Keith Cutler, who invited them to sit inside.
He then took the panel to an area of grass a few metres away, where a gun was found after the shooting.
Earlier, the jury was taken to Leyton, east London, where it is alleged Mr Duggan had arrived in the minicab, to collect the gun from another man.
Mr Duggan's family have said they do not believe the police version of events.
The inquest jury was told by Counsel to the Inquiry Ashley Underwood QC that the hearing would examine the various suggestions about how the gun was found some distance from Mr Duggan's body.
The inquest will hear evidence from one witness who lived nearby. Her anonymity will be protected, and she will be known as witness J.
Mr Underwood told the jury: "She says she went there to have a look and she was close enough to see the colour of the gloves somebody was wearing when doing CPR.
"I need to explore with Miss J whether her evidence suggests a police officer took the gun from the minicab and planted it. All of that evidence will give you the opportunity to explore that possibility."
The jury has previously been told that the police marksman who shot Mr Duggan said he opened fire "in self-defence" as the father of four "was running with a gun in his hand and he started to bring the gun into the aim".
Local outrage at the shooting marked the start of a wave of rioting, looting and arson across the UK.