• 'I have got to live with it for the rest of my life'
• Three bullets fired 'to be certain', hearing told
* Sandra Laville and Vikram Dodd
* The Guardian,
* Saturday October 25 2008
For members of the public he was merely a voice, hidden behind 10-foot screens to protect his anonymity, and known only as Charlie 12. At 1.46pm, two hours into his evidence, he suddenly became human.
Much has been written about what happened inside tube carriage 53613, where Jean Charles de Menezes lost his life in a confluence of circumstances on which an inquest jury will have to pass judgment. Yet until now nothing has been heard from the man who pulled the trigger at point blank range, firing at least three times into the head of de Menezes, who he assumed was a suspected suicide bomber.
In a conference room at Oval cricket ground yesterday, the firearms officer, who h
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