Nigerian Teenager, Kazeem Kolawole & 2 Others Sentenced to Life in Prison for Shooting & Paralysing 5 Year-old Girl in London

Kazeem Kolawole, a 19 year-old Nigerian was today sentenced to life in prison for a gang shooting in South London last year that left a five year-old girl, Thusha Kamaleswaran paralysed. Thusha was playing in her aunt’s food and wine store in Stockwell, when she was accidentally shot in the chest during the shootout.

Kolawole was an accomplice to ring leader Nathaniel Grant, 21 who actually carried out the shooting and ‘sidekick’ Anthony McCalla, 20. The trio from the Organised Criminals gang, cycled to the store intending to kill rival gangster Roshaun Bryan of rival gang ‘All Bout Money’. However, the hit was botched and they ended up hitting young Thusha and seriously wounded another innocent bystander, Roshan Selvakumar in the attack.

While Roshan Selvakumar, 35, was shot in the face and still has bullet fragments lodged in his skull, Thusha would spend the rest of her life on a wheelchair and would need care for the rest of her life. The two were innocent victims of the gang feud.

The shooting, on March 29, 2011 was captured on the store’s CCTV camera and showed the emotional moments when the shy five-year-old with pigtails, danced happily in the aisles of her aunt’s small store. Moments later, she was knocked down by a bullet to the chest fired through the store’s open door by the three men as they pursued members of a rival gang.

Now six, Thusha is paralyzed from her chest downwards and remains in a wheelchair as her parents’ world have been turned upside down. Her family has been left battling debt and her mother is said to have suffered insomnia and depression.

The three were found guilty in an Old Bailey Court last month of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the girl and Selvakumar, plus the attempted murder of Bryan. Judge Martin Stephens QC said none of them had shown a “shred of remorse” since the trial began.

It was also revealed at the court that the three of them should have been in jail long before. Grant, known as ‘Killa Buzz’, was cleared of an almost identical gangland murder and released from prison just weeks earlier; McCalla was on bail over a vicious bus brawl and probation staff considered recalling him to prison hours before Thusha was shot while Kolawole had recently been spared prison for beating a schoolgirl and was wearing an electronic tag while on bail for carrying a knife.

Earlier this week Thusha’s family moved into a new home that has been refurbished to meet her needs. Police officers were so moved by the family’s plight that they have already raised £125,000 to go towards her care.

A statement given to the court by Thusha’s mother, Sharmilla Kamaleswaran, spells out the impact the tragedy has had on the family.”I cannot begin to explain the shock that I felt at the time of the shooting. We were at the shop as a family enjoying seeing relatives. The children were happy, running up and down the shop, playing and dancing. Seconds later I had to see Thusha lying on the floor, crying, telling me she couldn’t feel her legs.”

The ordeal has continued with her daughter’s surgeries and her daily struggle with pain, Sharmilla Kamaleswaran said. “To see her lying in a hospital bed just took all of my heart away. My other children were crying. They couldn’t understand why this had happened. I cannot think of a worse time in my life,” she said.

A year later, Thusha’s younger sister prays every day for her sister to “get up and walk as before,” their mother said. Meanwhile, Thusha’s dreams of becoming a dancer and musician have evaporated.

Grant would spend a minimum of 17 years before he is eligible for parole while McCalla and Kolawole would spend a minimum of 14 years before being eligible for parole.

They showed no sign of emotion as their sentences were passed.

Nathaniel Grant, Kazeem Kolawole & Anthony McCalla

CCTV still showing Thusha lying on the floor having being shot in the chest

Pretty Thusha, 6, with her brother Thusan, 13.

Thusha is pushed on a special bike by her family

News & Photo Credits: Daily Mail | CNN | BBC | Yahoo News

55 Comments on Nigerian Teenager, Kazeem Kolawole & 2 Others Sentenced to Life in Prison for Shooting & Paralysing 5 Year-old Girl in London
  • Ibiyemi Fashina April 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Oh My God, now a little girl’s dreams have been destroyed by the acts of a group of foolish young men. They do not desere parole, ever.

  • konnie April 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Looks like he has ben on the streets for a while

  • Bee April 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm


  • AA April 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    This is very sad. I don’t know what the youths are becoming nowadays. No fear of God at all. The little girl is in my prayers.

  • Kechi April 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    So sad and shameful! Poor gir. Wasted life on gang stupidity!!! SMH, you could have been a successful professional, but you will rot in jail! Pity……

  • creamy April 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    violence is senseless, stop the violence

  • Me April 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    This is sad. I don’t understand why some Nigerians leave the shores of the country and go abroad to destroy the image of the country and it’s people! I am tired of people like these! I feel really bad for the girl and her family 🙁

    • Ada Owerri April 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      To be honest, a lot of the Nigerians involved in this type of crimes have never lived in Nigeria. These are more British born and British ‘reared’ kids. These types of crimes about 15 years ago were committed more by the Caribbeans in yardie style but things have changed now. African kids are almost just as likely to commit violent crimes. I don’t know where African parents lost it, but they’ve (especially the low income ones) almost completely lost control of their kids. I guess it started when our men decided to stop being Fathers and act like the yardie men… Plus much more. It’s heart breaking.

  • Gimmer April 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    olorun ma je ki a bi omo komo. aren’t there parents better off barren?

  • Janded April 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    poor girl. another bad Nigerian story.

  • BEY April 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    excuse me they were born there

  • Gidi April 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    The boy is not Nigerian. He is British with parents of Nigerian descent.
    We have stopped accepting this type as Nigerians. We have enough of his type here.
    If na award him win them for say ‘He is British’.
    They should take,we dash them.

  • sparkle angela April 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    omg…see what some useless smelling yeye half baked boys have done to an innocent child.if men were God….

  • Ezinne Ikechukwu April 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    So sad….. I pray she walks again

  • Folake April 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Goshhh…, its sad to see innocent little girl on the wheelchair due to the foolishness of some good for nothimg hopeless gangster. My prayer is for her to get back on her feet, my good Lord is more than able to revieve her.

  • sassy diva April 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    yoruba kids so wayward….abeg come back to naija, let all this agbero beat madness out of your heads mtscheeeeeeeeeeeew

    • OmoBolanle April 20, 2012 at 4:55 am

      With all due respect but this is not a matter of Yoruba children being wayward. I do not know if you have lived in the UK before. The crime rate amongst Nigerian youths or young adults is very alarming. You find them all in the news or even some of them you know personally and they are from all over Nigeria. They die sensless deaths, and destroy their lives and the hope of their parents because of useless gang feuds. At the end of the day, they are gone and those gangs do not give a toss about them. When will these kids wake up. It breaks my heart in general seeing young kids throwing their lives away because of nonsense! If you ask them why they wanted to kill that other boy, probably because he snatched somebodies girlfriend. Ah, Lord just have mercy on us!

    • Gidi April 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

      I blame the moderator who approved such an tribal jingoistic comment.

  • Laila Ikeji April 19, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    woooooowwwww. soooo sad. how one’s life can change in just a second!!! hmmm. evry mum’s nightmare. thank God justice was served.

  • OmoMakun April 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Too sad…that girl has been scared for life. To the boys responsible….your life don finish. You better ask God for forgiveness…mschew!

  • Joy April 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    May God bless and continue to keep this little girl and her family.

  • kimbim April 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    a disgrace!
    this is what happens when parents carry on with more than 5 jobs, come back home late at night, visit local parties during weekends, they dont have time for their kids, they dont wanna know their performance in school, forget their nija and act ghetto fabulous in london. this is the end result. i hate it when i watch the tv and see nija’s named for gang reasons. poor girl 🙁 stupid boy! he will never be released in ijn. AMEN!

  • mma April 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    this what you get for raising your children in that country britain. where you can not discipline a child for fear of going to jail . 6 year old are havin sex and 13 year olds are gang leaders

  • mayt April 20, 2012 at 1:12 am

    This is sad yes but don’t we think the system is unfair, you give someone life in prison for unintentional paralysing a girl?? while in U.K zimmerman does not get that for killing a young boy! they should be punished but I do not think it’s fair that they get to live their life in jail, he’s 19 and should have a future

    • Sandi April 20, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Excuse me, but Zimmerman’s case isn’t closed yet, the verdict hasn’t been delivered, so don’t say he didn’t get life in prison.

    • Sassy April 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

      First of all Zimmerman (Travyon Martin’s case) is in the US, not UK. Secondly, the two acts can’t be compared, there is a complicated Florida law – Stand Your Ground- in place that doesn’t make the case black and white. Lastly, these boys where not protecting themselves from any harm but hard the intent to kill. Maybe you should think for 5 secs what the future holds for a paralyzed 5 year old, that has to live the rest of her life depending on others -A choice she didn’t make, the criminals made the choice and they must pay the price.

    • fokasibe April 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Did you just say unintentionally paralyzing a girl? Sweetie, they meant to KILL someone! That’s attempted manslaughter plus actually ruining a little girl’s dreams!! They need a LIFE sentence, no PAROLE!!

      • mayt April 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        whether or not they intended to, you all Nigerian most times judge with sympathy, I’m talking from a legal standpoint; HOW MANY PEOPLE GET LIFE SENTENCE FOR PARALYZING SOMEONE? Thank God Humans are not God!! if not nobody would ever have a second chance in life

    • Rhoda April 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Very odd way of reasoning my dear…very odd.

  • Purpleicious Babe April 20, 2012 at 1:22 am


    There is a prayer my mum says in a language, Oluwa ma je ka rin ti ebi pan yo”. I know my writing of this is terrible. “Lord pls let us not walk into the hands of evil or death”. AMEN.

    I pray her family gets through this stronger.

    It actually does HURT…

    BN said they didnt show remorse… how can they???

  • lady lillian April 20, 2012 at 2:21 am

    no remorse at all, d other one is still smiling at d mug shot. SMH…God save our youths.

  • Mafia April 20, 2012 at 2:29 am

    People who show no remorse when they have done something so terrible – even if unintentional, deserve to have the pain their victims go thru inflicted on them. In 17 yrs they may get out of prison and can walk or run down the street; while that little girl will not be able to do the same.

  • meni April 20, 2012 at 6:17 am

    this just sad!!

  • signature April 20, 2012 at 6:22 am

    why do dey get to be eligible for parole???!!! all i know is a life in prison(they might even get out) is not punishment enough for what they did to that poor girl. *screaming in anger* why does a little girl have to pay for a group of grown up imbesile’s stupidity and wickedness…..i think they should all get shot on their spinal cords, this “life in prison” sh*t aint doin it for me!

  • LPS April 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Sad and Shameful. 9jas are always in the news sha.

  • saphya April 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

    talk about being a victim of circumstance….i wish her a miracle.

  • Odior April 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    @Gidi thank you very much…….

  • Couture By Makioba April 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

    stupid Nigerian children that forgets their heritage……

  • PD April 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

    y can they just shoot them thru the chest(unintentional) and c wat the Lord can do……dis jail is just like vacation to dis bunch of criminals!!!!!

  • PD April 20, 2012 at 11:43 am


  • christy April 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    @ Gidi u said it all,cldnt help bt laf a little,pls forgiv me

  • Deola April 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    It’s funny how Damilola Taylor’s killers got a lighter sentence for intentionally stabbing and killing the boy on his way from school…Justice indeed!

    • mayt April 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Ikr! Nigerians are bringing sentiments into this whether or not they intended to, I’m talking from a legal standpoint; HOW MANY PEOPLE GET LIFE SENTENCE FOR PARALYZING SOMEONE? and the ones that killed got 12 years!! Thank God Humans are not God!! if not nobody would ever have a second chance in life

  • tina April 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    demons live in nigerians. I have never see a group of ppl like this

    • diamond April 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      where they all nigerians? Demons live in all tribes and races

  • Chanya ollor wai April 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Deola: Damilola’s case is different 4rm diz pls.. Dnt bring sentiments into this case. What if d little girl happens 2 be u or ur daughter, how would u feel?. What is bad is bad. QED!

    • Deola April 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      What’s the difference???? Unruly,violent youngsters causing irreversible damage and pain. I didn’t approve of what those boys did, so there is no need to personalize issues and drag family members into this debate. Besides, Kazeem has received enough curses to last him a lifetime….

  • Gidi April 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm
  • AdaChi April 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Two words: Death Penalty

  • Kp July 18, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Kazeem Kolawale just got caught up in the wrong crowd. By nature he isn’t a killer, or a murderer. I hate how the media portrays people. My heart goes out to the family of the injured, but I refuse to condemn anyone. Free my nigger like Kazeem xx

  • Coseh September 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

    This is inhumanity of the highest order. A child’s future has just been jeopardised by the foolish rivalry of those stupid, hungry, dirty, heartless gangsters. I think the shariah law should be used to judge them; they should also be paralysed and then trying them in a court to serve the punishments of murder attempts after they must have paralysed. Can you see how hearltless they are ;they felt no remorse, there is even one of them that was smilling;that guy with the fat head. This is stinking heartlessness

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