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Hoxton man Michael Dyra in court charged with murder of Jonathon ‘JJ’ McPhillips

PUBLISHED: 16:10 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:46 09 February 2018

From the McPhillips family album, JJ McPhillips

From the McPhillips family album, JJ McPhillips

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A man appeared in court today charged with the murder of young dad Jonathon “JJ” McPhillips in Upper Street nearly a year ago.

Tributes to Jonathon 'JJ' McPhillips laid outside his Milner Square home. Picture: James Morris Tributes to Jonathon 'JJ' McPhillips laid outside his Milner Square home. Picture: James Morris

Michael Dyra, 22, of Hoxton, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

Dyra was also charged with with grievous bodily harm with intent, violent disorder, and possession of an offensive weapon.

JJ, 28, was stabbed while out on February 25 last year. The wound left him in cardiac arrest, leading to severe brain damage. His life support machine had to be turned off three days later.

Hundreds lined the streets for his funeral in March. His mother Michelle, who runs the Green Man pub in Essex Road, told the Gazette at the time she wanted his killer to watch her bearing his coffin through the streets.

Jonathon 'JJ' McPhillips. Picture: Met Police Jonathon 'JJ' McPhillips. Picture: Met Police

She spoke again of her heartache at Christmas, urging anyone who knew anything to come forward as she unveiled a memorial wall outside the family home in Milner Square.

Police last year made nine arrests in connection with his death, including Dyra on March 22. This is the first charge in the case.

Six of the men have been released under investigation and two have been told no further action will be taken against them.

Murder cops are still appealing for witnesses to come forward. They urge anyone with information to call 020 8345 3775 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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