Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Given Anonymity at Inquest of Shot Barrister; 'Covert' Officers Fear Revenge

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Given Anonymity at Inquest of Shot Barrister; 'Covert' Officers Fear Revenge

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

THE police marksmen who shot dead barrister Mark Saunders will be allowed to give evidence anonymously at his inquest, a coroner ruled today.

Mr Saunders was killed at his [pounds sterling]2.2 million home in Chelsea in May 2008. He was shot at least five times following a five-hour standoff with police after he started shooting from his window.

A full inquest into the death of the 32-year-old lawyer will start before a jury next Monday and is expected to last three weeks.

At a review hearing today Westminster coroner Dr Paul Knapman said he had granted anonymity to 12 police officers, who will be referred to by code.

Their lawyers had requested that their identities remain protected because the officers are involved in counter-terrorist and serious crime operations.

Lawyers representing Mr Saunders's widow Elizabeth and his family said they accepted the ruling and had not opposed it, but Mrs Saunders left the 30-minute hearing in Marylebone in tears. …

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