Man sentenced for gang feud murder

Aarron McKoy was beaten, chased and shot on New Year's Day Photo:

A gunman is today facing a life sentence for killing a man celebrating his birthday in a wine bar.

Aarron McKoy, 22, was beaten, chased and shot on New Year's Day as part of a long-running feud between gangs, the Old Bailey heard.

Dean Smith, 26, of Stoke Newington, north London, was found guilty of murder last week and will be sentenced today.

Aftab Jafferjee, prosecuting, told the court Mr McKoy and a friend were drinking at the Clerkenwell House wine bar in central London when violence broke out.

The club was cleared but the two friends were attacked outside.

After Mr McKoy ran off, he was chased and beaten again by a mob and found himself cornered.

"Possibly because he slipped and fell, the small pursuing mob shot him dead. The person holding the gun was Dean Smith," said Mr Jafferjee.

Osman Mohammed, 23, Perrie Dennis, 23, Jack Nichols, 21, Ceon Hewitt, 22, and Daniel Oyetoro, 27, were all found not guilty of murder.