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Thusha's uncle: She tells me 'my legs were broken by bad men'

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:

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’.

– Mahadavan Vikneswaran, Uncle of Thusha Kamaleswaran

Thusha's mother constantly relives shooting

Sharmila Kamaleswaran on Thusha's shooting
Sharmila Kamaleswaran cannot sleep after the shooting Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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."

Young girl 'scared' after shooting

A five-year-old girl who was shot in a gang-related attack has told of her fears of being hurt again.

Thusha Kamaleswaran
Thusha Kamaleswaran told a newspaper of her fears after the shooting in Stockwell, London Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

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.

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Thusha's parents thank emergency services and police

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.

Police say 'justice has been done' in Thusha case

Ronke Phillips from London Tonight is outside the court, where police are speaking:

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

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