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Thusha Kamaleswaran shooting: Conviction appeal lost

Thusha Kamaleswaran
Image caption Thusha Kamaleswaran was in hospital for a year after she was shot

Three men sentenced to life for a gang-related shooting that left a girl of five paralysed have lost their appeals against conviction.

The Court of Appeal rejected all grounds for a challenge by Nathaniel Grant, Anthony McCalla and Kazeem Kolawole.

They were sentenced in 2012 for gunning down Thusha Kamaleswaran in her aunt's shop in Stockwell, south London.

They had been looking for a rival gang member when Grant opened fire.

Permanently paralysed

Kolawole, 21, of Kennington, south east London; McCalla, 21, of Streatham, south London; and Grant, 22, of Camberwell, south east London; were convicted in 2012 of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Thusha and a customer, Roshan Selvakumar, in March 2011.

They were also convicted of the attempted murder of their intended victim, Roshaun Bryan.

During the incident a bullet passed through the seventh vertebra of Thusha's spine. She went into cardiac arrest twice and had to undergo emergency surgery in the shop and at hospital, and is now permanently paralysed.

Mr Selvakumar has bullet fragments lodged in his head that cannot safely be removed.

When passing sentence, Judge Martin Stephens QC told the three they were a "significant risk to members of the public".

At the Court of Appeal, Lady Justice Rafferty, who heard the case with two other judges in December dismissed the appeal.

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