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Man appears in court charged with murdering mother of nine and nephew

A man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with killing a mother of nine and her nephew.

Obina Ezeoke, 24, appeared at Hendon Magistrates' Court in north-west London on Wednesday, hours after he was charged with the murders of Annie Besala Ekofo, 53, and her nephew Bervil Kalikaka-Ekofo, 21.

They were gunned down at a flat in East Finchley, north London, on September 15, shortly after 6.30am.

Ezeoke, of no fixed address, appeared calm in the dock, speaking clearly to give his name and date of birth before the two charges of murder were read out.

While no formal plea was entered, his defence lawyer, Julian Prus Streicher, said his client would be entering a not guilty plea.

Mr Kalikaka-Ekofo, a psychology student, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

A cause of death has yet to be confirmed for Mrs Ekofo.

Ezeoke was remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey in London on October 19.

A 20-year-old man remains on bail until a date in late October.

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