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Gang-feud murder gunman faces life

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

Aarron McKoy, 26, 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 and will be sentenced next week.

Aftab Jafferjee, QC, 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.

Man denies murdering street cleaner

A man accused of stabbing a have-a-go-hero street cleaner to death has pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Roger Philip Buckingham, 30, of Bentworth Road, Shepherd's Bush, west London, denied murdering Piotr Mikiewicz, 40, on August 29 this year.

Buckingham, who appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link, pleaded guilty to a burglary which took place on the same date and a theft which took place on August 25.

Mr Justice Saunders set a trial date of March 18 next year.

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Double murderer given life sentence

A double murderer has been given a life sentence for the "pitiless" killing of his ex-wife and mother-in-law. 44 year-old Sergei Zolotovsky was told he will serve at least 30 years in prison for killing Svetlana Zolotovska and her mother Antonina Belska in East London.

The Russian carried out the killings in August 2010 because he was angry about a financial settlement that had been made as part of his divorce from Svetlana. At his Old Bailey trial, he attended court in a hospital bed after becoming paralysed following a suicide attempt.

Woman Judge at the Old Bailey

The Old Bailey has its first female judge in four years following the appointment of Judge Wendy Joseph.

She replaces Judge Ann Goddard, who retired in March 2008 and later died.

Judge Joseph, 59, was a top criminal barrister before becoming a judge in 2007 and sitting at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London.

She is the only female among the 17 resident judges at the Central Criminal Court.

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