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Gunman jailed for feud murder

A gunman was today jailed for a minimum 31 years for killing a teacher's son celebrating his birthday in a wine bar.

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Judge: Smith had loaded gun and was 'going to shoot someone'

Judge Wendy Joseph said it had been said during the trial that Dean Smith had a loaded gun and was "going to shoot someone".

Cyreena McKoy said the murder had devastated her family. Her brother Lee was "like a lost soul" without his twin.

"Dean Smith had no reason to commit this senseless act," she said in a statement.

The court heard that Mr McKoy became the innocent victim of a long-running feud between two gangs.

He had had friends who were associated with the Holly Street Boys, while Smith was a long-standing member of the rival Lordship Lane Boys.

He arrived with a group at the Clerkenwell House wine bar in central London as Mr McKoy and his friends were peacefully celebrating.

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