Jail for man who supplied Mark Duggan with gun in Tottenham

12:57 26 February 2013

Kevin Hutchinson-Foster was jailed for 11 years. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Kevin Hutchinson-Foster was jailed for 11 years. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

A man who supplied Mark Duggan with a firearm shortly before his fatal shooting by police has been jailed for 11 years.

Drug dealer Kevin Hutchinson-Foster was sentenced at the Old Bailey today.

The shooting of Mr Duggan, in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, on August 4 2011, sparked the London riots.

Hutchinson-Foster, 30, denied selling or transferring a prohibited firearm to Mr Duggan between July 28 and August 5, 2011.

A jury failed to reach a verdict but he was convicted at the Old Bailey following a retrial.

Judge David Radford jailed him for seven years for supplying the gun, for four years for possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and nine months concurrently for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Hutchinson-Foster is already in custody serving a sentence for drugs offences and was on licence at the time of the offence.

The four year jail term was in relation to an incident where he admitted using the same gun to “pistol whip” a barber five days before.

He is seen on CCTV threatening Peter Osadebay then returning and beating him with the gun until he nearly lost consciousness.

Judge Radford told Hutchinson-Foster he could not be held responsible for what happened later.

But he had passed an illegal weapon with a bullet in its magazine to Mr Duggan “for what must have been for a serious criminal purpose”.

Stuart Denney QC, defending, said: “He cannot take responsibility for what happened in Ferry Lane or in terms of the riot.

“No one could have foreseen what happened. There is a real issue as to what happened in Ferry Lane.

“There are those who think that in some way, Mr Hutchinson-Foster’s conduct contributed to the death of Mark Duggan, which is entirely inaccurate.

“There was a series of threats which continued whilst he was in custody. He has twice been placed in solitary confinement.”

Mr Duggan’s shooting and the finding of a gun in Ferry Lane led to controversy and denials from supporters that he had been armed.

There was speculation that Mr Duggan was on his way to avenge the death of his cousin Kevin Easton, 23, who was stabbed in a club in March 2011.

But a source has since said that investigators looking into Mr Duggan’s death have found nothing to suggest that was true.

The jury was told it was not their task to decide the “rights and wrongs” of Mr Duggan’s shooting, which will be examined at the inquest into his death in September.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
A new play chronicles the shocking story of sex predator Savile

‘Were there people in showbusiness who knew he was ‘dodgy’? Absolutely’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Former MP for Falkirk Joyce has been in trouble with the law before [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

Former MP Eric Joyce has avoided jail after attacking two teenagers in an ‘entirely unacceptable’ assault in a Chalk Farm shop.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A 13-year old girl was raped by a man after meeting him the day before in Camden.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
[Photo Emmanuel Valentine]

Twitter was flooded with photos of the tyre-high rushing brown water.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
[Photograph from the Met Police]

Two men forged Transport for London (TfL) private hire licences to illegally operate as minicab drivers.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
(Picture:: PA)

A man was caught touching himself while standing close to women at London Bridge Underground station.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more
You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more
Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Read more