Drug dealer Kevin Hutchinson-Foster jailed for supplying gun to Mark Duggan before death that sparked London riots

Gun had earlier been used to 'pistol whip' a barber until he was nearly unconscious

A drug dealer who supplied a gun to Mark Duggan minutes before his fatal shooting by police sparked the 2011 summer riots, was jailed for a total of 11 years today.

Kevin Hutchinson-Foster was found guilty at the Old Bailey in January of giving Mr Duggan the gun 15 minutes before he was shot dead on August 4, 2011.

The 29-year-old's death in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, north London, sparked riots that swept across London and other English towns and cities.

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, and a further four years for other offences.

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

He was also jailed today after admitting 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.

Hutchinson-Foster was jailed for four years for possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and nine months concurrently for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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 trial was told that Mr Duggan was under police surveillance on the day he died and the day before.

He went in a minicab to Leyton, east London, where he collected the the BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun in a shoe box from Hutchinson-Foster, before continuing to Tottenham.

The cab was pulled over by armed police in four unmarked cars in a "hard stop", and as Mr Duggan got out clutching the gun, he was shot by officers.

Known only as V53, the man who shot him said he was sure Mr Duggan was holding a handgun, while other officers also claimed Mr Duggan was hiding something in his hand and then raised what appeared to be a gun as he got out of the cab.

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.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Haydon, of the Metropolitan Police Trident Gang Crime Command, said later: "I welcome the sentence today as this is the culmination of a complex and lengthy investigation and the sentence reflects the seriousness of his offending.

"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 investigation into the shooting of Mark Duggan is being conducted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

PA

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
Arts and Entertainment
The teaser trailer has provoked more questions than answers
filmBut what is Bond's 'secret' that Moneypenny is talking about?
News
Johnny Depp is perhaps best known for his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean
peopleBut how did he break it?
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious 5
film
Sport
Lewis Hamilton secured his second straight pole of the season
f1Vettel beats Rosberg into third after thunderstorm delays qualifying
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss