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Aarron McKoy shooting: Man in court over Clerkenwell killing

Aaron McKoy, who was shot dead in Clerkenwell
Image caption Aarron McKoy had been in a wine bar in Clerkenwell shortly before he was shot

A man has appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court charged with murder after a shooting in central London in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Aarron McKoy had been celebrating his 22nd birthday before he was shot on Portpool Lane, in Clerkenwell.

Dean Smith, 25, from Hackney, has been charged with the murder of Mr McKoy and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Police said the murder had followed an altercation outside the Clerkenwell House Wine Bar in Hatton Wall, during which a 24-year-old man was stabbed.

He was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Two other men have been arrested in connection with Mr McKoy's death.

One was released with no further action and the other was released on police bail.

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