Stockwell shooting: Thusha Kamaleswaran's family 'happy justice has been done'
PUBLISHED March 26, 2012
The three men were found guilty of a gang-related shooting that left the five-year-old girl paralysed.
Thusha Kamaleswaran, now six, was hit by a bullet when the trio opened fire into her aunt's south London shop in March last year.
Nathaniel Grant, Kazeem Kolawole and Anthony McCalla were convicted by an Old Bailey jury of causing her grievous bodily harm with intent.
A bullet hit Thusha in the chest and passed through the seventh vertebra of her spine, leaving her wheelchair-bound for life.
Outside court, Detective Superintendent Gordon Allison read a statement on behalf of Thusha's parents that said: "We would like to express our gratitude to the emergency services for their prompt actions after Thusha was shot.
"In particular, we must thank the paramedics and doctors who operated twice to save Thusha's life, to the Metropolitan Police Service for their support throughout the investigation and subsequent trial, and to all the staff and particularly the physiotherapists at King's College and Stoke Mandeville hospitals.
"We are very happy justice has been done."
Daren Streeter, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This case was a sad and shocking example of how gun crime can devastate innocent lives. The three men convicted here today showed a complete disregard for public safety, shooting into a shop and seriously injuring two innocent bystanders."