With his arms around the shoulders of two vicious gangsters, it is not a portrait of the ideal family man. This picture unearthed by the Mail of Mark Duggan – whose death sparked the 2011 riots – suggests his links with the criminal underworld are deeper than first thought.
Following his death his supporters claimed he was an innocent father assassinated by police. But to Duggan’s right in the picture is Junior Cameron, a career criminal serving a life sentence for shooting a man after a minor prang between their cars. Cameron pulled a semi-automatic pistol on Gary Guthrie in Streatham, South London, and shot him in the back as he tried to escape. The 39-year-old died in hospital.
Cameron committed the murder in October 2007 – six months after being freed early from prison. The man to Duggan’s left is Darrell Albert, who was in the same car as Cameron that night. During the confrontation he shot Mr Guthrie’s friend Rowan Williams with a Baikal 9mm pistol – now the weapon of choice for gangsters. Mr Williams, 37, took a bullet in the neck but it was removed by surgeons and he survived.
Cameron, Albert and Duggan were all members of the notorious Tottenham Man Dem gang, which has links to Jamaica’s ruthless Yardies. Duggan was known by his gangster name of Starrish Mark and was considered by police to be a ‘major player’ in the gang. Others said Duggan ‘lived by the gun’. One source said: ‘I was told he was a major player and well known to the police in Tottenham. He was certainly not a sideshow.’
Duggan was shot after he had been placed under surveillance by police on August 4, 2011. An officer said he opened fire because Duggan had a gun and appeared to be preparing to use it.