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Man denies Westield Stratford City murder in court

17:49 19 December 2012

A man accused of stabbing someone to death in a fight in Westfield Stratford City denied murder in court today.

Nii-Azu Kojo-Smith, 18, appeared at the Old Bailey on suspicion of the murder of Liam Woodards, 24, on The Street area of the shopping complex on June 29.

Mr Woodards was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kojo-Smith appeared via videolink for a brief hearing, during which he spoke only to confirm his name and deny charges of murder and violent disorder.

Riaz Anderson, 19, Michael Alvaranga, 24, Travis Townsend, 21, and Javin Rigabie, 23, also pleaded not guilty to the same charge of violent disorder.

They are the first of 14 defendants to enter pleas relating to the killing.

The suspects will go before the court in two separate trials, the first of which will include Kojo-Smith and is due to begin on February 25 next year.

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