Police officer denies planting gun

Maldon and Burnham Standard: This photograph of a gun was shown as evidence to the jury at the Royal Courts of Justice earlier in the inquest This photograph of a gun was shown as evidence to the jury at the Royal Courts of Justice earlier in the inquest

A police officer has told the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan the suggestion that he planted a gun at the scene was "highly offensive".

The witness, giving evidence anonymously as V59, denied he was a liar during testy exchanges with the lawyer representing Duggan's family at the High Court in London.

Leslie Thomas, the family's solicitor, told the hearing there was a discrepancy between V59's evidence and that of other officers, and that V59 and his team had "planted" a weapon near Duggan's body.

He questioned how the police team leader knew there would be a gun on the other side of a fence on a green on Ferry Lane in Tottenham, north London.

"I'm going to suggest to you, V59, that you knew where the gun was before the officers had gone round (the fence), because you, and all of your colleagues had planted it there," the lawyer said.

The officer replied: "Mr Thomas, I find that highly offensive.

"No, I did not plant any gun at any scene.

"I find that highly offensive."

Mr Thomas put it to V59 that he was told their movements were being filmed on CCTV cameras in the area.

"Somebody tipped you off about the video didn't they?" the lawyer asked.

"Mr Thomas, please don't say things like that," V59 replied.

The lawyer continued: "You've been caught out haven't you."

But V59 insisted: "Please don't call me a liar.

"I have come to give evidence.

"I have not been caught out.

"I have told no lies."

Suggesting V59 or one of the officers on his team had brought a weapon to the scene, Mr Thomas asked: "Who had the gun?"

The witness replied: "No-one put the gun on the green.

"Mark Duggan had the gun in his hand."

He added: "Sir, you've accused me of planting a gun."

Mr Thomas quipped: "I've also accused you of being a liar."

After V59, the final witness, had finished giving evidence, coroner Judge Keith Cutler sent the jury home for the day.

Mr Duggan, a father-of-four, was killed when he was shot by police who stopped the taxi he was travelling in in August 2011.

Local outrage at the police shooting marked the start of a wave of rioting, looting and arson across England.

Judge Cutler has indicated that summing up could start as late as Monday.

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