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Mark Duggan: Man Guilty Of Supplying Gun
A man has been found guilty of supplying a gun to Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police sparked the London riots.
Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, 30, was convicted at the Old Bailey of passing the firearm to Mr Duggan after a retrial.
The court heard Mr Duggan collected the BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun just 15 minutes before he was shot dead on August 4, 2011.
The 29-year-old's death in Tottenham, north London, led to riots that swept across London and other English towns and cities.
Hutchinson-Foster had denied a charge of "selling or transferring a prohibited firearm" to Mr Duggan between July 28 and August 5, 2011.
A jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court failed to reach a verdict after a trial last year. But at the retrial, a jury of seven women and five men convicted him by majority verdict.
Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt said Mr Duggan was under surveillance by police who "believed he was intent on exacting revenge on another man for the earlier murder of his cousin".
During both trials armed officers, who gave evidence anonymously, described how they opened fire on Mr Duggan because they saw him get out of a taxi holding a loaded gun.
The officer who shot Mr Duggan twice - once in the chest and once in the arm - said he fired because he thought he was going to shoot him and his colleagues.
Mr Duggan had gone in the minicab to Leyton, east London, where he allegedly collected the gun in a shoebox from Hutchinson-Foster, before continuing to Tottenham.
The taxi was pulled over by armed police in four unmarked cars in a "hard stop", and as Mr Duggan got out apparently clutching the firearm, he was shot.
The gun was found five metres from Mr Duggan's body, on a grass verge behind railings.
The shoebox, found in the minicab, allegedly had both Mr Duggan's and the defendant's fingerprints on it, while mobile phone evidence showed they were in contact with each other in the run up to the shooting.
But Hutchinson-Foster, a cannabis user with convictions for possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, claimed Mr Duggan had wanted his help to sell some cannabis.
The defendant had admitted using the same gun to beat barber Peter Osadebay at a barber's shop in Dalston, east London, just six days before Mr Duggan's death.
Hutchinson-Foster claimed this was why his DNA was found on the gun when it was retrieved from Ferry Lane on August 4, along with traces of Mr Osadebay's blood.
The defendant said he collected the firearm from someone else so he could beat Mr Osadebay on July 29, but had returned it on the same day.
Chief Superintendent Dean Haydon said: "There is an ongoing IPCC investigation into the death of Mark Duggan and the circumstances of his death will be a matter for the coroner at a later date.
"The Kevin Hutchinson-Foster trial has primarily been about the supply of an illegal firearm and I welcome the verdict of the jury in this case today."
The Duggan family, who did not attend Hutchinson-Foster's trial or retrial, have said the question of whether Mr Duggan was holding a gun is something that should only be addressed at his inquest, expected to begin in September.
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what do you think?
I'm falling off my chair in surprise - NOT!!
I'm also falling off my chair in surprise! All the subsequent publicity in the media after the shooting event suggested that Mr Duuggan was an honest upstanding member of his local community and a loving and well respected husband. Difficult to believe that such a pillar of the community was involved in alledged sordid drugs and gun crimes. Surely, Mr Hutchins-Foster was another innocent associate and friend and not the criminal he is made out to be. This is all very shocking news.
shipped from Africa to the Caribbean (carry and beyond) then bought to England for jobs the British people did not want had many years of being treated as second class citizens. what exactly do you expect people to behave like?????????? fair enough times have changed. but scars run high West Indians trust for the establishments, ie schools, police and governments is very fragile over time gang culture hopefully will subside through better education, love and true diversity, were we are all classed as one people
Yep, we are lucky that they stay on here.
we are also ingratiated love all the way around
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On the whole slavery argument, you have completely ignored the role of Africans who were happy to sell fellow Africans into slavery. Black people were not only enslaved they also were very prominent as the enslavers, and throughtout history most races have been slaves at some point. Stop blaming white people for everything, if you don't like it... bye bye.
Were you want me to go? I am not blaming white people. I am putting counter arguments to all the bigots and racists The answer is in the middle pete. Noone is squeeky clean. Agreed.
Can we get the Duggan family to pay for the riots now? Mummy's little soldier wasn't so innocent after all.
Carry a weapon and suffer the consequences.......
Someone will find a reason why society failed this poor soul !
Do you honestly believe Mark duggan would point a gun at about 10 armed coppers...this case is BS.
He was in possession of a gun with which he intended to harm or kill someone. Justice served cold. No doubt all the liberal whiners will be busily crying foul as usual. Truth be told if the police had been armed they could have stopped half the robberies and lootings that followed. You go out to commit a serious crime you pay the price. If one or two of these toe rags had been blown away a lot of people's livelihoods and property would have been saved. I have no sympathy with violent criminals.
Carry a gun?then be prepared to face the consequences!