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Man convicted of shooting council worker and bailiff

GUILTY: Andrew Stephenson shot a bailiff and housing officer

A MAN who shot a council employee and bailiff while being evicted from a house in south London has been found guilty of grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Andrew Stephenson, 49, of Strathleven Road in Brixton, Lambeth, was convicted today (Jan 16) at Blackfriars Crown Court following an investigation by Trident Gang Crime Command.

His conviction comes after opened fire at a 59-year-old woman and 59-year-old man, working as a housing association officer and bailiff respectively, when they attempted to evict Stephenson from a property in Strathleven Road on July 3, 2013.

The incident took place at about 9.50am and officers arriving at the scene found the victims suffering gunshot wounds to the knee, hip and leg.

Armed police soon arrived on the scene and entered the house to arrest Stephenson, who had since dismantled the converted Baikal pistol and left it on the kitchen table.

No shots were fired when police apprehended the suspect.

A search of the house resulted in the discovery of another firearm and over 80 rounds of live ammunition.

Detective sergeant Paul Carruth 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.

“We hope today's conviction brings some closure and justice for the victims and also sends a clear message to those involved in gun crime that they will be caught and will be placed before the courts.”

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