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Life sentence for man who killed Aarron McKoy

VICTIM AND PERPERTRATOR: Aarron McKoy (left) and Dean Smith

A GANG member has been jailed for life for the murder Aarron McKoy, who was gunned down on New Year's Eve.

Dean Smith, 26, who was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury today [Dec 17] following a 12-week trial, will have to serve a minimum of 31-years over the fatal shooting of the 22-year-old outside Clerkenwell House Wine Bar, in central London.

Police say that McKoy, from Hackney, east London, and his twin brother were peacefully celebrating their birthday in the club when tensions rose between rival gangs, ‘London Fields’ and ‘Lordship’.

Violence escalated after a 24-year-old man was stabbed outside the venue but neither McKoy nor his brother were said to have been involved.

During sentencing, the Judge emphasised there had been "not one scintilla of regret or remorse from Smith".

DCI, John Crossley, of Trident said: "The venue was very busy going into the early hours of New Year's Day and we are extremely keen to talk to anyone who was in attendance."

"If you were there and noticed a dispute taking place I would urge you to get in touch as soon as possible, to enable us to bring those responsible to justice."

He added: "I would also like to appeal for those with businesses in the area to make contact, so that we can access their premises and retrieve CCTV footage. It is essential that we view any CCTV as soon as possible to see if anything of use to the inquiry can be gleaned."

Five other men were found not guilty of murder at the end of the trial.

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