Detectives investigating the murder of Aaron McKoy in the early hours of New Years day in Clerkenwell, have charged 25 year old Dean Smith of Hackney with his murder, along with possession of a fire arm with intent to endanger life.
He will appear at Highbury Magistrates Court tomorrow, Saturday 7 January.
Aaron McKoy was shot on his 22nd Birthday, after a night of celebrating at the Clerkenwell House Wine Bar at approximately 4:10 am. Police where called after reports of gun shots in Portpool Lane EC1 and found him suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
McKoy also from Hackney grew up in the area and has an identical twin, Lee. His cousin Yolanda described him as gentle and said his parents were taking his death “hard”. “My aunt Yvonne is a strong woman. She and his dad is holding up. It’s his twin Lee I’m worried about. Every birthday will be a reminder of his twin brothers murder”
Initial reports of an altercation taking place inside the Clerkenwell House Wine Bar leading to his shooting were incorrect. Investigators have since been able to establish that the altercation took place outside the venue.
Further investigation has revealed a 24 year-old man was stabbed and as a result of this stabbing the violence escalated. Aaron McKoy was chased down the road and shot.
The stabbing victim was subsequently taken to hospital, treated and discharged.
Two other men have since been arrested. One was released with no further action and the other, a 22 year old man has been bailed to return on March 6, pending further inquiries.