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Kevin Hutchinson-Foster denies ever supplying Mark Duggan with gun
A man convicted of giving Mark Duggan a gun on the day he was killed has denied doing so.
And he blamed the police for the riots which took place across London following the shooting of Mr Duggan on August 4, 2011.
Kevin Hutchinson-Foster appeared via videolink from Maidstone prison today to give evidence at the inquest into Mr Duggan's death.
The 29-year-old was shot dead by police officers in Ferry Lane, Tottenham. Officers claimed they opened fire in self-defence as Mr Duggan was carrying a gun and was intending to use it.
In February this year, Hutchinson-Foster was jailed for 11 years after a jury found him guilty of supplying Mr Duggan with the gun.
However, Hutchinson-Foster told jurors at the inquest he had never done so and was not in possession of any firearms on August 4, 2011.
He also denied seeing Mr Duggan on the day he was killed.
The jury has previously heard evidence that the 29-year-old travelled in a minicab to a house in Leyton where Hutchinson-Foster was staying just before the fatal shooting.
Police claim the purpose of the trip was for Mr Duggan to collect the gun and that the two men were in repeated mobile contact throughout the trip.
Hutchinson-Foster said Mr Duggan came to the house because he wanted him to follow him to Tottenham to look at some cannabis.
He said this was the reason for the trip to Leyton and numerous phone calls between the two.
Mr Duggan stopped for four minutes in Leyton and according to the minicab driver was handed a shoebox by a man who fits the description of Hutchinson-Foster.
Hutchinson-Foster denied giving Mr Duggan anything that day and said he did not leave the house, telling the 29-year-old via telephone that he was busy.
Ian Stern, the barrister representing the armed officers, asked if he admitted that the gun found at the scene was the same gun Hutchinson-Foster had used in an attack on a barber six days before Mr Duggan's shooting.
Hutchinson-Foster said: “It seems so. That’s what the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] say.”
Forensic evidence showed that he had used the same gun to pistol-whip Peter Osadebay at the Lagoon salon in Dalston, Hackney, on July 29.
Traces of Osadebay's blood and Hutchinson-Foster's DNA were found on the gun when it was retrieved from Ferry Lane on August 4.
Hutchinson-Foster said it was likely to be the same gun found by police on August 4 but that he did not know how it came to be there.
A shoebox which was found in the minicab Mr Duggan was travelling in when stopped by the police had both Mr Duggan's and Hutchinson-Foster's fingerprints on it.
It also had the fingerprints of Desire Cox, Hutchinson-Foster's girlfriend at the time.
Hutchinson-Foster said he had given Mr Duggan a shoebox in the past during a game of football because he did not have a bag.
He added that he often used shoeboxes to store his football kit and this is how his fingerprints came to be on the box.
Hugo Keith QC, representing the Metropolitan Police, said that by suppling Mr Duggan with a gun Hutchinson-Foster was partly responsible for the “unparalleled disorder and remarkable, extraordinary events in London”.
Mr Duggan’s friends and family cheered when Hutchinson-Foster replied: “That was down to the negligence of the police, not down to me.”
The inquest continues.
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