Teenager appears in court over Westfield Stratford City stabbing

12:24 20 December 2012

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File picture: PA

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A man has appeared in court after a man was stabbed to death in a fight in Westfield Stratford City.

Nii-Azu Kojo-Smith, 18, appeared at the Old Bailey charged with murder and violent disorder in connection with the death of Liam Woodards, 24, on The Street area of the shopping complex on June 29.

Kojo-Smith appeared via videolink for a brief hearing, during which he spoke only to confirm his name and deny charges of violent disorder.

Riaz Anderson, 19, Michael Alvaranga, 24, Travis Townsend, 21, and Javin Rigabie, 23, also pleaded not guilty to the same charge of violent disorder.

They are the first of 14 defendants to enter pleas relating to the killing.

The suspects will go before the court in two separate trials, the first of which will include Kojo-Smith and is due to begin on February 25 next year.

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