Monday, Nov 3, 2008
Innocent electrician Jean Charles de Menezes was killed by police officers who were “out of control”, a witness has told an inquest into his death.
Anna Dunwoodie, who was sitting yards from the Brazilian when he was shot dead, said she was “very, very clear” that officers did not shout armed police before opening fire but were “shouting amongst themselves”.
She added a surveillance officer on the Tube was “frightened or hyped up”, that the marksmen were “full of adrenalin”, and that the victim – who had closed his eyes and appeared calm – was being targeted by a criminal gang rather than police marksmen.
Mr de Menezes was shot at point-blank range at Stockwell Tube station on July 22 2005 after being mistaken for failed bomber Hussain Osman. Ms Dunwoodie was two or three seats to the left of the victim when he boarded the train.
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She described a “sense of panic” as Mr de Menezes was shot seven times in the head.
“I would like to say that on whether I heard anything from police officers, I am very, very clear. I had absolutely no idea who they were and had they shouted I would have latched on to that,” she said.
Referring to failed attacks on London the previous day, Ms Dunwoodie added: “It was a particularly strange day in London. I did not know who they were. I thought it was a gang.
This article was posted: Monday, November 3, 2008 at 12:00 pm