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This week 60 years ago: Pen club murder trial

PUBLISHED: 09:24 11 February 2020 | UPDATED: 09:25 11 February 2020

Hackney Gazette, February 12, 1960.

Hackney Gazette, February 12, 1960.

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Special police arrangements were put in force at Old Street Magistrates' Court 60 years ago.

More than 100 people 'struggled' and 'pushed' to get in to the 5 minute hearing where three people were charged with the murder of nightclub owner Selwyn Keith Cooney, 31.

He'd staggered out of the Pen Club in Duval Street, Spitalfields, with a bullet wound in his head the previous Sunday.

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Many knew him by the name Jimmy Neill and his father said he was a 'very strong boy and no trouble at all.'

The same week, a painter and decorator was charged with murder.

A few days before the victim was found dead in her blazing flat, the accused was heard to have said: "I will roast you on a Christmas tree with that can of oil."

A Dalston youth discovered in a factory was charged with breaking and entering and with stealing a magnifying class, a cigarette case and a nail file.

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