Man in court on murder charge after Limehouse killing
PUBLISHED: 20:20 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:30 05 October 2010
A FORENSIC scientist examines the bloodied scene where 36-year-old Curtis Smith lost his life. It was the first time the capital’s growing gun culture hit the streets of Tower Hamlets in London’s East End. It came just after 3.30am on Sunday when Curtis was shot in the head and neck. A man has appeared in court today (Thurs) charged with his murder
A FORENSIC scientist examines the bloodied scene where 36-year-old Curtis Smith lost his life.
It was the first time the capital’s growing gun culture hit the streets of Tower Hamlets in London’s East End.
It came just after 3.30am on Sunday (July 27) when Curtis was shot in the head and neck.
A man has appeared in court today, charged with his murder.
Curtis—a carer of a severely disabled man in a wheelchair—a was shot outside Club Red nightclub in Cable-street, off Commercial-road in Limehouse.
An incident room was opened under detectives from Scotland Yard’s Operation Trident, which investigates gun crime among black people.
A post mortem examination revealed cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds to the head and neck.
An inquest was formally opened at Poplar Coroner’s Court for identification on Monday and adjourned.
Police believe Curtis, who came from North Kensington in West London, had been to a funky house night’ at the Limehouse club with friends from Lambeth—who included the man in a wheelchair he cares for.
He had just helped him into a car when he was shot on the pavement just yards from the club door.
But a spokesman for the promoters insisted: “The shooting didn’t happen in our club.
“I’ve spoken to the doormen and they said they didn’t see him go into the club.
“It’s a real shame it’s happened.”
Most of the clubbers did not even realise there had been a shooting until they tried to leave and found the doors had been locked for public safety.
Club Red was granted a licence earlier this year by Tower Hamlets council.
But the Town Hall had received two complaints from neighbours about noise and disorderly behaviour, it emerged this week. The Town Hall had written to the club about the complaints.
Andrew Otto Denty, a 29-year-old from Greenham-close in Lambeth, appeared before Thames magistrates in East London today (Thursday), charged with the murder of Curtis Smith on July 27.
He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on November 6 for a pre-case management hearing.
Scotland Yard is continuing its appeal for witnesses to the incident outside Club Red in Cable-street in the early hours of Sunday morning to contact investigators on 020-8733 4704, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.
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