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Coroner rules out unlawful killing verdict in de Menezes inquest

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Nico Hines
London Times
Tuesday, Dec 02, 2008

The coroner at the inquest of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by police on the London Underground, ruled out a verdict of unlawful killing today.

Sir Michael Wright told the jury to set aside the emotional pleas of the Brazilian electrician’s family and record either an open verdict or a finding of lawful killing.

The former High Court judge began summing up the seven-week inquest today by suggesting that a verdict of unlawful killing was “not justified”.

De Menezes was shot at point blank range by anti-terrorist officers as he boarded the Tube at Stockwell station on July 22, 2005.


The jurors have heard from 100 witnesses including the two firearms officers during the inquest, which has been attended by Maria Otone de Menezes, the victim’s mother. Today the coroner said: “I know that your heart will go out to her.

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“But these are emotional reactions, ladies and gentlemen, and you are charged with returning a verdict based on evidence.

“Put aside any emotion – put them to one side.”

He warned the 11 jurors that they must not attach any criminal or civil fault to individuals and they must not contradict the outcome of the Metropolitan Police’s health and safety trial, which spared Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick of personal blame.

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