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Tuesday, 4 February, 2003, 14:51 GMT
Judicial review of shot man verdict
Harry Stanley
Harry Stanley was unarmed when he was shot
A family of a man shot dead by police after the table leg he was carrying was mistaken for a gun will get a judicial review of his inquest verdict.

Harry Stanley, 46, was shot twice by firearms officers as he walked home from a pub to his home in Hackney, London, in September 1999.

In June an inquest jury returned an open verdict on Mr Stanley's death, only after the coroner instructed them not to consider a verdict of unlawful killing.

I'm never going to give up, I'm going to keep fighting

Irene Stanley
Victim's widow
The High Court has now given permission for a judicial review of the coroner's handling of the inquest.

A hearing in the next couple of months will decide whether the open verdict can be quashed.

Widow Irene Stanley told BBC News Online she was happy at the prospect of a judicial review.

"Things are moving quickly. I won't rest until I get justice.

"My husband was an unarmed man. I didn't get a fair inquest. It was one-sided, they brought up my husband's criminal record despite it being 27 years ago. They blackened his name.

"I'm never going to give up, I'm going to keep fighting."

Irene Stanley
Irene Stanley has campaigned hard
Firearms officers Inspector Neil Sharman and Pc Kevin Fagan approached Mr Stanley - who was originally from Bellshill, near Glasgow - after a fellow drinker at the pub he was in told them he had seen an "Irishman" leaving a pub with a sawn-off shotgun in a blue plastic bag.

The coroner of St Pancras Coroners' Court in London, Dr Stephen Chan, instructed the jury not to consider a verdict of unlawful killing.

Dr Chan said in the inquest Mr Stanley's death had come about by "a twist of fate" and a series of coincidences leading up to the shooting.

He said: "The shape of a table leg in a plastic bag had been demonstrated to be 'uncannily indistinguishable' from that of a sawn-off shotgun."


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