Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Mark Saunders

I've just heard that the man shot dead in the Chelsea siege last night was family law barrister Mark Saunders of Queen Elizabeth Building chambers (their website is currently unavailable). I'm not going to discuss the circumstances surrounding the incident here (see this story in The Telegraph), and I'm certainly not going to suggest that it was any more awful because the deceased was a barrister, but it is a tragedy not just for the family but also for the profession that such a promising career has been brought to an end in such an appalling way.

16 comments:

  1. This is really really terrible and such a waste of a young life. its so sad the way this country is going, one could say justice will be done, perhaps it will, but it will never bring this young man back. god bless you mark.

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  2. A tragedy - a tragedy also for the police who had to deploy an armed response unit and a tragedy for the officer tasked to deal with the situation.

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  3. Also a tragedy of reporting. Described in some papers as a "gun battle" it looks like the deceased fired 3 shots over a period of several hours - although I guess that, for those on the receiving end, it was no less frightening for that.

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  4. Yes, it was tragic for the police as well.

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  5. It's a shame he didnt take a few of the bastards down with him.

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  6. Yes, I'm sure the families of the officers involved would agree with that.

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  7. As I sat in front of the tv screen jaws widely dropped, I couldnt believe my eyes when I recognised the familiar face on the news that had been killed.
    Mark Saunders was such a great man as a person and as a barrister. He was certainly an inspiration to me, when I worked with him as a mini-pupil. He will be greatly missed!!

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  8. Thanks for that. It's particularly good to receive a comment from someone who knew him.

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  9. It is very sad to see how the police hadndling this case, I think they should have handled the whole situation in a more appropriate manner. My sincere condolence to Mark's family and his wife, Liz.

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  10. Anyone pointing a loaded shotgun out of a window is a risk to the general public and should be taken out. Our brave Police did this and thus ensured the pulic safety.

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  11. "Our brave police"? The thugs that killed Mark were unsupervised, gung-ho fantasists. I sincerely hope that each and every one of them - including their so-called senior officers - stand trial for murder as they richly deserve.

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  12. To the last two commenters: I hope that any inquiry is a little more objective than either of you!

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  13. It's very interesting that even though this person was firing a gun randomly that the family are saying that he posed no threat!!! Funny that when they are taking the police to court. It's amazing how the thought of suing the Police makes a gun wielding maniac seem almost angelic! Shame on the parents - would they be so keen an suing if their son had killed someone!!!

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  14. Yes, the idea that he was no threat because the police had cleared the area doesn't wash with me either.

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  15. the person that left the comment on the 10th october ,you are so wrong Mark saunders was a nice caring funny human being and for the police to do what they done was wrong !! god bless you mark & your Family

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  16. Poor guy. It's so sad that he'd been an alcoholic for so many years, and didn't get the help that he needed in time. He must have felt so desperately sad and alone. What a waste of such a young talented guy's life. Poor Liz too, I know what it's like to live with an alcoholic who from the outside seems to have it all, but behind closed doors is secretly falling apart. Hope he can finally rest in peace and my condolences to Liz.

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