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Brixton eviction shooting man convicted of GBH

Andrew Stephenson Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Andrew Stephenson shot at two people trying to evict him from his flat

A man who shot two people while he was being evicted from a property in south London has been found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Andrew Stephenson, of Strathleven Road, Brixton, was convicted of two counts of GBH at Blackfriars Crown Court.

He was also found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life.

The 50-year-old will be sentenced on 14 March.

Police were called to reports of a shooting on 3 July last year.

'Violent attack'

Officers arrived at the address in Brixton and found a 59-year-old woman had been shot in the knee and a 59-year-old man had gunshot wounds to his leg and hip.

Two housing association employees, a bailiff and a locksmith had been trying to evict Stephenson, police said.

The group attempted to enter the property after receiving no reply from Stephenson.

Image caption Armed officers were called to the incident in Brixton

When they entered the flat, the bailiff was shot, and after being followed by the defendant out of the flat, one of the housing officers was also shot.

An armed unit was sent to the flat where they restrained Stephenson and arrested him.

After searching the address, officers found two firearms, a magazine, a silencer and more than 80 rounds of ammunition, police said.

Det Sgt Paul Carruth, from the Met Police's Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "This was an appalling and excessively violent attack on innocent people simply doing their job.

"Being evicted from his home may very well have been stressful for the defendant however his actions were completely unnecessary and unprovoked."

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