Jean Charles De Menezes

The jury for the inquest into his death visited Stockwell Tube Station today. They were met by a rather inappropriate billboard advert:

Jury visit tube site of De Menezes shooting

Jurors today visited the south London underground station where Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police marksmen three years ago.

The second day of the long-awaited inquest into the death of the 27-year-old Brazilian saw the entire court travel to Stockwell tube station.

The court took just six minutes to travel less than a mile in a coach convoy from the Oval cricket ground, where the inquest is being held to accommodate the number of lawyers and media representatives.

A team of four police motorcycle outriders stopped traffic in every direction as a television helicopter hovered overhead.

The six women and five men of the jury did not travel through the ticket barriers like De Menezes on July 22 2005. Instead, they were led through a side entrance to avoid a large crowd of media and onlookers.

Dozens of Metropolitan police and British Transport police officers temporarily closed the tube station as the party arrived for the 10-minute visit.

Leading a large group of legal advisers and court officials, jurors travelled through the ticket hall, down an escalator and on to platform two.

It was here that De Menezes boarded a Northern line train before being shot moments later by police, who mistook him for a suicide bomber following the failed attacks on the tube network the previous day.

The jurors, all dressed in casual clothes and carrying court papers, stood in silence for 30 seconds on the empty platform. A half-full train slowly travelled past without stopping as the coroner, Sir Michael Wright, spoke quietly with his staff.

One court official highlighted three points of interest for jurors: the ticket hall, the area at the bottom of the escalator and the platform itself.

Several members of the De Menezes family, including cousins Patricia da Silva Armani and Alex Pereira, watched closely as the visit took place.

A single protester, among dozens of bystanders, shouted as the party was led away through the side door.

A shrine to De Menezes, including pictures, flowers and newspaper coverage of the shooting, stands at the front of the station.

The three-coach jury convoy, still under police escort, was then driven away to examine other key locations. The jury has been asked to consider whether or not De Menezes was unlawfully killed.

The inquest opened yesterday and is expected to last 12 weeks.