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No Verdict In Mark Duggan Handgun Case
A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the case of a man accused of supplying a gun to Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police sparked the Tottenham riots.
Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, 30, was charged with passing the gun to Mr Duggan just 15 minutes before he was shot dead by police on August 4 last year.
But a jury of seven men and five women at Snaresbrook Crown Court was unable to reach a verdict after nearly 21 hours of deliberations.
Judge David Radford had allowed them to reach a majority verdict of 10-2 or 11-1, but he discharged them after they were unable to come to a decision.
A re-trial will be held at a date to be set. An administrative hearing will take place on November 2.
Mr Duggan's death in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, sparked riots which swept across the capital and the country.
Armed police, who gave evidence anonymously, told the court that they opened fire on Mr Duggan because they saw him get out of the cab holding a loaded gun.
The officer who shot Mr Duggan twice said he opened fire because he thought he and his colleagues were themselves going to be shot.
Mr Duggan, who was under police surveillance on August 4 and the previous day, had gone in the minicab to Leyton, east London, where he collected the gun in a shoebox from Hutchinson-Foster, before continuing to Tottenham, prosecutors said.
The cab was pulled over by armed police in four unmarked cars in what is termed a "hard stop" and, according to officers, Mr Duggan got out with the gun in his hand, prompting them to shoot him.
Hutchinson-Foster, of no fixed address, denied a single charge of "selling or transferring a prohibited firearm" to Mr Duggan between July 28 and August 5, 2011.
He claimed his DNA was found on the gun because he had used it six days earlier to beat a man, but said he returned it the same day.
He claimed he and Mr Duggan had been in mobile phone contact with each other because Mr Duggan wanted his help in setting up a drug deal.
what do you think?
i wo.uld be only too pleased if we could get rid of all these low life
Unfortunately if you play with fire sooner or later you get burnt. Guns are designed for one thing only. To kill. If the police didn't act then someone else was going to die and possibly someone innocent. RIP pal, you wrote your destiny.
I disagree 'cause: guns are also designed to start races. They are used by farmers not only to hunt their dinner but to scare dangerous animals away, I think. Guns are also used to fire flares from boats or after aircraft accidents. Guns are also used to fire grappling hooks? Harpoon guns are also used for fishing. OK, so some of those are for killing but not just people. Circuses use canons to fire clowns through the air into nets.
Man waving gun at police gets shot. Verdict reached. Next!
one big lesson for the police from this is; let the public know immediately why duggan got shot. if they had, maybe, just maybe, not all the low lifes would have gone theiving to make a political statement about globalisation and merits of the then banking system!!!!!!!!!!!
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When all the details and allied cases issues are finally published, I think we will all better understand what was going on in that area at that time and who the main ring leaders were. We might then better understand what the Police were up against Until then, we have to await developements.