Mark Duggan jury to hear gun evidence
Jurors at the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan have been told they will hear evidence about whether a gun found 10 to 20 feet away from the site of the shooting was "planted" by police.
The 29-year-old was shot by officers in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011, which sparked riots in England.
Ashley Underwood QC said the jury will hear evidence from a woman who lived nearby, known as Miss J.
The jurors at the inquest are currently visiting the site of the shooting.
Mr Duggan was shot in Ferry Lane after he got out of a minicab which had been forced to stop by armed officers.
The inquest has been told the police had intelligence he was in possession of a gun.
The jury has heard that the officer who fired the fatal shot said he was acting in self-defence, believing Mr Duggan had a gun in his hand and he was bringing it out, presenting a threat to the officer.Continue reading the main story
After the shooting the police expected to find a gun under Mark Duggan's body.
But they said they discovered a gun 10ft to 20ft away on the other side of some railings, the inquest heard.
Mr Underwood said: "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."Emotional family
The site visit by jurors to the scene began at 13:00 BST and lasted about an hour.
At the scene
A thin mist of rain fell over Ferry Lane as police drew a cordon around the spot where Mark Duggan was killed.
Traffic was halted for an hour as the 11 members of the inquest jury inspected a silver Toyota Estima, a replica of the mini cab in which Mr Duggan was travelling when he was intercepted by unmarked police cars.
Barristers for the interested parties made sure the car was in exactly the position that it was when Mark Duggan was shot on August 4 2011.
The jurors, watched by members of Mr Duggan's family, then walked around to the other side of a fence beside the road to examine the spot where the handgun was allegedly found: 10-20 feet from where he fell.
They must consider whether the police account of the shooting is true, and if so, how the gun came to be there.
Traffic on the busy road was stopped and a silver people carrier was parked at the scene to replicate the mini cab that Mr Duggan was travelling in prior to being shot.
The coroner, Judge Keith Cutler, led the jury to the vehicle and invited them to sit inside before taking them to a grass area a few metres away which is where the gun was found after the shooting.
About a dozen of Mr Duggan's family, including his aunt, Carole Duggan and sibling Shaun Hall, also visited the site.
Some of the group were visibly emotional as they surveyed the area.
Earlier the jury was taken to Vicarage Road in Leyton, which is where Mr Duggan was allegedly given a handgun by Kevin Hutchinson-Foster.
They were then taken to Ferry Lane in Tottenham via the same route Mr Duggan took before the shooting.
Hutchinson-Foster has been jailed for giving Mr Duggan a gun after he was convicted in a trial at the Old Bailey earlier this year.
The inquest jury has already been told Hutchinson-Foster will claim he did not provide Mr Duggan with the gun.
The inquest continues.