A prisoner serving time for shooting a man at point blank range has been convicted of murder following the death of his critically injured victim six years later.
Shaun Brown, formerly from Hounslow, had already served 10 years of a minimum 12 year prison term for the 2006 attempted murder of Garvey Thomas.
He was given a life sentence at the Old Bailey on Thursday (April 27) following a 13-day trial, and ordered to serve at least another 15 years in prison.
Mr Thomas was left paralysed from the neck down when he was shot while walking out of Livingstone House onto Melville Road, Willesden , on June 16, 2006.
He was 21 at the time.
Despite the bullet entering his neck and severing the spinal chord, he was able to tell police through a specialist communication intermediary that he had been approached by Brown, who shot him at close range.
Brown, now 31, was arrested by detectives on June 23, 2006, and, having agreed to an identification parade, was picked out by Mr Thomas as the man who fired the shot.
On June 24, 2006 Brown was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent.
He was remanded in custody and convicted at the Inner London Crown Court on July 6 2007 of both offences and jailed for a minimum of 12 years.
When Mr Thomas died of his injuries in 2010, a further investigation was launched, with Brown charged on October 27 2016 with murder.
Brown was convicted of murder following trial on April 26.
Detective Sergeant Jason Grafham, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “As a result of a brutal and calculated shooting a young man was left paralysed and requiring constant care and nursing for the rest of his life.
“Finally the injuries he suffered that day proved fatal. This was a tragic case and the misery inflicted on the victim and his family is almost beyond comprehension.
“Brown was already in prison for the wicked act and he has now been further brought to justice for Mr Thomas’ murder.
“I want to make it clear, we will pursue those who carry out such heinous crimes no matter how much time has passed.
“You will be found, you will be arrested and you will be brought to account.”
Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: “This prosecution was based on evidence that Garvey Thomas died of complications as a direct result of being shot by Shaun Brown four years earlier.
“During the trial Brown claimed that he had been wrongfully convicted at the first trial but the prosecution evidence, which included video evidence of Thomas in his hospital bed before his death, led to this verdict.
“We hope this verdict brings justice to a family who have already had to endure so much.”
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