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Mark Duggan gun supplier gives evidence at inquest

FIREARM EVIDENCE: The gun recovered from the scene where Mark Duggan was shot dead by armed police

A DRUG dealer who was charged with supplying a gun to Mark Duggan on the day he was fatally shot by police is giving evidence at his inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice today.

Duggan’s death had sparked widespread rioting across cities and towns in England in the summer of 2011.

The inquest, which coroner Judge Keith Cutler has promised will be “thorough and transparent”, will examine the “full facts” surrounding Duggan’s death and in particular the actions of the police who intercepted him.

Hutchinson-Foster, 30, who is serving an 11-year jail sentence, gave evidence from Maidstone Prison via video link.

He denied passing a gun to Mark Duggan minutes before he was shot and expressed his intention to appeal against his conviction.

Ian Stern QC, representing the firearms officers, asked Hutchinson-Foster: "Why did Mark Duggan want a gun?"

Hutchinson-Foster replied: "Is that a trick question?' Then how would I know?"

He claimed he returned the gun in question to the “supplier” on July 29, but admitted it was “likely” to be the same gun he used to pistol-whip a man.

He refused to identify the person who gave him the gun, but revealed that he had declined Duggan’s offer to follow him to Tottenham on the day of the shooting.

Hutchinson-Foster also admitted handing over other boxes to Duggan but insisted that he did not hand over a box with the gun.

The inquest continues.

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