Man jailed for life for ‘true execution’ of man in London wine bar

11:32 17 December 2012

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

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

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A gunman has been jailed for a minimum of 31 years for killing Aarron McKoy, who was celebrating his birthday in a central London wine bar.

He was with his twin brother Lee and it was their 22nd birthday in the early hours of New Year’s Day when he was shot three times at Clerkenwell House.

Dean Smith, 26, of Stoke Newington, was found guilty of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey last week.

He was jailed for life and told he would serve a minimum of 31 years.

Judge Wendy Joseph told him: “It was a true execution of a young man who was utterly defenceless and at your mercy.

“Aaron had done nothing to you or indeed anyone else.”

The judge said it had been said during the trial that Smith had a loaded gun and was “going to shoot someone”.

Cyreena McKoy said the murder had devastated her family. Her brother Lee was “like a lost soul” without his twin.

“Dean Smith had no reason to commit this senseless act,” she said in a statement.

The court heard that Mr McKoy became the innocent victim of a long-running feud between two gangs.

He had had friends who were associated with the Holly Street Boys, while Smith was a long-standing member of the rival Lordship Lane Boys.

He arrived with a group at the Clerkenwell House wine bar in central London as Mr McKoy and his friends were peacefully celebrating.

Aftab Jafferjee, prosecuting, said trouble broke out and the club was cleared.

But outside Mr McKoy and a friend were attacked. He ran off and was chased. After tripping up, he found Smith standing over him with a gun.

He shot Mr McKoy and was turning away when Mr McKoy tried to move. He shot him twice more and left him with “devastating injuries”.

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