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Tottenham Riots: Mark Duggan 'Had Loaded Gun'
Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the Tottenham riots, 'had a loaded gun' when he was shot, a court heard today.
Giving evidence at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, the man accused of passing the gun to Mr Duggan, claimed the 29-year-old was armed.
Hutchinson-Foster is accused of "selling or transferring" a BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun to Mr Duggan, contrary to the Firearms Act 1968, between July 28 and August 5, 2011. The 30-year-old denies the offence.
Mr Duggan was shot dead while police officers were trying to arrest him in Tottenham, north London last August.
The jury heard that the handgun allegedly supplied by Mr Hutchinson-Foster was found near the spot where Mr Duggan was shot.
Prosecutor Edward Brown QC told the court: "On August 4 last year a handgun was recovered in Ferry Lane in Tottenham, north London.
"It had been in the possession of a man named Mark Duggan. The gun was loaded - it had a bullet in its magazine.
"The evidence demonstrates that that gun at that scene had been passed to Mark Duggan by this defendant, Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, shortly before the minicab in which Mark Duggan was travelling was stopped by police in Ferry Lane in Tottenham Hale.
"There in Ferry Lane Mark Duggan was shot and fatally injured by the police as a result of his possession of that gun and what he was thought to be about to do with it.
"The firearm was a BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun. It had been modified so that it would fire 9mm bullets - a lethal firearm as you will hear. The charge this defendant faces is the supply or transfer of that gun to Mark Duggan."
It was also claimed that Mr Duggan was shot just 12-15 minutes after Hutchinson-Foster allegedly supplied the weapon.
Mr Duggan's mother Pamela has always claimed her son was 'assassinated' and that she and her family have many unanswered questions about the shooting.
The family have been dismayed that the police officers involved in the operation cannot be compelled to be interviewed over what happened.
Both the Metropolitan Police and the IPCC have apologised to the family for failing to keep them properly informed during their investigations.
The incident is still being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The inquest into Mr Duggan's death is scheduled to begin next January.
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what do you think?
We've only got the word of the police for that - and given their proven track record for telling the truth - the Anfield 96 and Ian Tomlinson - does anyone believe them?
The problem is, only the lies are highlighted. So yes, I believe them.
I suppose Dale Cregan is just misunderstood as well...
If they didn't think he was armed then why would so19 tug him in the first place. Would a routine stop and search gone in the police's favour.. Question that needs to be answered is was he a naughty boy in the first place?
Personally, I give the Police the benfit of the doubt, it's people like Duggan the decent folk need protection from. If we need help, who else we gonna call - Ghostbusters?
This guy needs the help of the lawer who defended Simon Harwood.
in this country mostley in london young people dont want to work ,but become (GANGSTERS).so as i was told by a wise person .( you fly with the crows you get shot with the crows) why his mother appered on t.v as said it.s o.k to attack police but dont riot.enough said
Two words - good riddance.
The police are not to be trusted on these matters. Justice for mark duggan
He has got is justice Jimmy and it was well warranted.
Bang on the mark jimmy - justice for Mark Duggan, Charles de Menendez, Ian Tomlinson and the Anfield 96.
hey if you want to run around thinking youre al capone dont come crying when you end up dead simple as.
If Mr Duggan hadn't been involved in criminal activity in the first place, he'd still be alive today. As it is at least we've haven't ended up having to pay for his upkeep during his prison sentence for carrying a firearm
Today two young police officers have lost their lives. Murdered by a gun toting thug. I have no sympathy at all for anyone who goes around carrying guns and playing the hard man. I never thought I'd say this in a month of Sundays, but I'm with Grant Baines on this one. (Hi Grant.)
Was Ian Tomlinson playing the hardman as you put it? Were the Anfield 96? Would you apologise for the police if one of YOUR loved ones was killed?
Stevie. Duggan was a criminal carrying a gun. The death of tomlinson and our 96 have nothing to do with this reprobate. Stop grouping them the same! They were 97 innocent lives. This was a gun toting wanna be hard man. Different situation completely. My support is with SO19 on this one
As a Liverpool fan I find it disgraceful that a gun toting thug is being used in the same arguments for justice as our 96 who were comprised of a lot of children. Please do the fans a favour and stop grouping them with a plastic thug please.
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No surprises here then
Why has it taken this long for this "armed" information to come out?