Dean Smith, 26, also known as Bungle, from Stoke Newington, Hackney in north London was found guilty of the murder of Aaron McKoy, also from Hackney, and will be sentenced to jail later this week.
Aaron was chased, beaten and shot on New Year’s Eve as he celebrated his 22nd birthday after a night out ended in a brawl between two gangs.
Aaron was then chased by Smith for approximately 100 meters before he was shot three times in Portpool Lane, Clerkenwell, central London.
A court has learned that trouble had started between rivals, Holly Street Boys and London Fields Gangs, resulting in the death of the 22-year-old outside of Clerkenwell House Wine Bar.
Smith was convicted of murder on Monday and will be sentenced on the December 17.
According to a report released by the Metropolitan police, new details have surfaced regarding the case:
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Rock, the investigating officer from Trident, said:
We are pleased with today’s conviction that has proved Dean Smith pulled the trigger that night and ended the life of an innocent man. Trident began an investigation and Smith, plus five others, were arrested and subsequently charged in January, February and March of this year.
He then went on to speak about the nature of Aaron’s death, saying:
Mr McKoy, suffering from gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene. About 100 metres from the club he fell to the ground, was surrounded by the group and then shot three times by Smith. He died at the scene.
Five other men in relation to the killing had been charged with murder under joint enterprise, but were not found guilty by the jury.
Notable names of the other men in connection to the Smith trial include: Jack Nichols, 21, and Ceon Hewitt, 22, of Essex, Osman Mohammed, 23, of Hackney, Perrie Denis, 23, who was the cousin of Dean Smith, aged 23 from Newington Green and Daniel Oyetoro, 27, of Romford.