Aarron McKoy murder: Sister speaks after killer jailed

11:40 20 December 2012

Aarron McKoy, pictured, was shot dead while celebrating his birthday

Aarron McKoy, pictured, was shot dead while celebrating his birthday


A loving sister described how the cold, premeditated and senseless murder of her brother has torn her family apart, as his killer was jailed for life.

Cyreena Barned told the Old Bailey of the pain Dean Smith caused her mother and siblings when he shot Aarron McKoy dead outside a Clerkenwell club on New Year’s Day.

Smith was given life in prison, a minimum of 31 years, for the killing which Judge Wendy Joseph QC described as a “cruel execution of a defenceless man”.

In a statement read out in court on Monday, Ms Barned said: “This person [Smith] devastated not just my life but my family and friend’s lives.

“He chose to go out on a night of celebration and take my brother’s life with no thought for anyone else.”

Mr McKoy was with his twin brother Lee on their 22nd birthday to ring in the New Year at the Clerkenwell House Wine Bar, in Hatton Wall, when violence broke out between rival gangs.

Ms Barned said: “That date is no longer the celebration it should be as it’s the anniversary of his death.

“He [Smith] is a selfish bully with no concern for how it affected not only my family, but also his own family which he claims to love.

“They still have monthly visits – my family do not have that privilege. I will never be aunt to his children.

“It was cold, it was premeditated and it was senseless.”

The court was told that as trouble erupted Ricky Walkington, associated with the Holly Street Boys gang, was stabbed in the leg.

The club was cleared and he and Smith, a member of the Lordship Boys, affiliates of the London Fields Boys, squared up outside.

Smith dropped a gun, which went off, and in the confusion Mr Walkington hid between two cars.

The killer then chased Mr McKoy, with five others, when the victim tripped over a barrier in Portpool Lane.

Judge Joseph said: “He slid to the floor and Dean Smith stepped over and fired a shot straight down into him.”

She said Mr McKoy was hit, but attempted to scramble to safety, adding: “Smith turned and fired in his body twice more.”

Before handing down the sentence, Judge Joseph said: “You have expressed no scintilla of remorse or regret. It was a cruel execution of a man utterly defenceless at your mercy. Aarron had done nothing to you nor indeed that night to anyone else.”

Mr McKoy’s mother and sister were both in court for the proceedings, which were interrupted when Smith exchanged insults with a man in the public gallery.

Outside the court, Det Chf Insp Dave Rock, investigating officer, said: “In all my years dealing with murder trials I have never seen a family behave with so much dignity. Aarron’s mother is a wonderful woman.”

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