A loaded gun was passed to Mark Duggan just 15 minutes before he was shot dead by armed police in Tottenham last year, a court heard yesterday.
The 29-year-old was killed on August 4 2011, sparking mass rioting across London and other cities in England.
Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, 30, appeared at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court accused of "selling or transferring a prohibited firearm" to Mr Duggan last year.
The jury heard how Mr Hutchison-Foster allegedly supplied the gun to Mr Duggan just 12-15 minutes before the fatal shooting.
Mr Hutchinson-Foster, of no fixed abode, denies passing the BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun to Mr Duggan.
Opening the case yesterday, which is due to last three weeks, prosecutor Edward Brown QC told the court: "On August 4 last year a handgun was recovered in Ferry Lane in Tottenham, north London.
"It had been in the possession of a man named Mark Duggan. The gun was loaded - it had a bullet in its magazine.
"The evidence demonstrates that that gun at that scene had been passed to Mark Duggan by this defendant Kevin Hutchinson-Foster shortly before the minicab in which Mark Duggan was travelling was stopped by police in Ferry Lane in Tottenham Hale.
"There in Ferry Lane Mark Duggan was shot and fatally injured by the police as a result of his possession of that gun and what he was thought to be about to do with it."
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