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article imageThusha Kamaleswaran shooting — Three found guilty

By Alexander Baron     Mar 26, 2012 in Crime
London - Three men have been convicted of a shooting which left a five year old girl paralysed for life. They can expect heavy sentences.
Take a look at this video. In it, you will see a 5 year old girl doing something she will never do again: walk. In July 2005, an innocent man was shot in the head on an Underground train by one police officer as he was held down by others.
That terrible case of mistaken identity, in which 27 year old Jean Charles de Menezes lost his life, became known as the Stockwell shooting. As in all cases where a member of the public is killed by a police officer, no one was held to account, but that killing was at least understandable.
The Stockwell shooting of last March can have no such mitigation or understanding; the only good thing to come out of it is that no one was killed, but a 5 year old girl condemned to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair is a life sentence that some consider worse than death. Thusha Kamaleswaran has in fact already died twice; her heart stopped beating on two occasions but medical staff worked frantically to revive her.
The trial of Anthony McCalla, Nathaniel Grant and Kazeem Kolawole opened early last month. The three gangstas went in search of a rival gang member, Roshaun Bryan, who took refuge in the shop where Thusha was playing with her siblings.
Once, London gangsters like the Krays and the Richardsons rode about in cars and terrorised the East End; now, their latter day gangsta counterparts ride around on bicycles and hunt like savage dogs on the streets of South London. Little more than boys, Grant, the eldest, is only 21, but has already stood trial for and been acquitted of murder.
Next month, he and his co-defendants will be back at the Central Criminal Court where in 1969 the Kray Twins were convicted and sentenced, and where like Ronnie and Reggie Kray, they can expect no mercy.
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