Remember Mark Duggan? The family man whose partner Semone was so devoted to him that she had three of her four children by him:
âMark was a good dad, He loved his kids dearly. He idolised them.â
The uncle of whom his niece said:
ââ¦Uncle Markie. Canât believe Iâm writing this. Heavenâs new angel. Never forgotten. Love you, Sara.â
The impoverished son of a decent loving family:
âIf Mark had been a gangster he would have lots of money, which he didnât have,â said Mrs Duggan. âHe would have been out all the time with lots of others but he wasnât. He was a loving boy with a good heart. He loved his children, he loved everybody.
The family of whom stated:
A private funeral will be held on 9 September before a reception at the Broadwater Farm Community Centre.
The family who even denounced family links to keep this funeral quiet and dignified
Pamela Duggan said: âDesmondâs dead and none of his family are coming â we donât see them. Itâs all lies, saying Mark was under their wing. It makes me angry and thereâs no way theyâll be here. Mark hadnât seen Desmond since he was a baby.â
Among the relatives she was referring to is Noonanâs brother, Domenyk Lattlay Fottfoy â he changed his surname to the acronym for âLook after them who look after you, f*** off them that f*** off youâ. He has spent nearly half his 47 years in prison after committing dozens of armed robberies and attacks on prison officers, but now runs a security firm.
So why did they end up with the TV soap operas beloved âplumed horse and carriageâ making its stately way through Tottenham, preceded by a Bishop? The same horse and carriage that turned out to convey Charlie Kray down the Whitechapel Road, the same horse and carriage that delivered Joey Pyle through Merton to his final resting place, oh and Diana Dors too, whilst we are about it. A horrendously expensive celebrity funeral, way beyond the means of any impoverished family on the Broadwater Estate.
A funeral procession that required 10,000 police officers to monitor the expected 3,000 mourners. How many family men on the Broadwater Estate even have 3,000 family and friends?
In whose interests was it to turn this private family funeral into a showbiz extravaganza â and why did the gentle loving family who just wanted a quiet private funeral allow them to?
The answer must lie, surely, with whoever footed the bill. Anybody know?