The uncle of Thusha Kamaleswaran, the girl who was paralysed from the waist down after being caught in the crossfire during a gang-related attack has told the Daily Mirror she often recalls the incident:
– Mahadavan Vikneswaran, Uncle of Thusha Kamaleswaran
Thusha talks about it all the time.
She says, ‘When I went to my uncle’s shop my legs were broken’. She says, ‘Bad men did it’.
Thusha Kamaleswaran's mother said every time she closes her eyes she sees her daughter "lying on the ground covered in blood".
Sharmila Kamaleswaran told the Daily Mail: "We have to do everything for her. If she wants to go to the next room we have to carry her. I miss her when she is in the hospital. But I cannot sleep when she is here with me.
"I wake up in the night and the terrible events come back to me again. I stroke Thusha’s legs and cry. I cannot sleep. When I close my eyes I see Thusha lying on the ground covered in blood. Now I have to take sleeping tablets."
A five-year-old girl who was shot in a gang-related attack has told of her fears of being hurt again.
Thusha Kamaleswaran, now six, is expected to be permanently wheelchair-bound after a bullet hit her in the chest, shattering her dreams of becoming a dancer.
She told the Daily Mail: "I am scared to get into the car because of the strangers all around us. I worry that someone will try to hurt me again."
"I wanted to be a dancer. I wanted to dance properly, to take lessons," she added.
Thusha Kamaleswaran was playing in her aunt's shop when she was shot, police have released CCTV from inside the store:
Statement from Thusha's parents, released by the Metropolitan Police:
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 University College London and Stoke Mandeville hospitals.
We are very happy justice has been done.
Detective Superintendent Gordon Allison spoke outside Old Bailey saying justice has been served. Det Supt llison says that 700 hours of cctv was analysed to get the conviction. Darren Streeter from the CPS now speaking outside court says he hopes the verdict will provide some comfort for Thusha'a family
The impact statement from Thusha's parents was read in court. Her mother said Thusha will wear a brace and leg splints for life.
Prosecutor Edward Brown QC told jurors in the case of three men accused of a drive-by shooting at a shop in Stockwell, south London, in March 2011:
The reality of this shooting may be that, whilst there was an intention to kill the suspected rival gang member. The gunman and his accomplices couldn't have cared less if someone else was shot too.