Man convicted of shooting bailiffs in Brixton but cleared of attempted murder

Andrew Stephenson, above, will be sentenced in March
Andrew Stephenson, above, will be sentenced in March

The man who shot a bailiff and housing worker as they tried to evict him from his Brixton home has been found guilty of wounding and other gun offences.

Andrew Stephenson, 51, was cleared of attempted murder for firing on the man and woman at his flat in Strathleven Road, Brixton, in July last year.

Stephenson shot a bailiff, who cannot be named, and Norma Johnson, from Metropolitan Housing, as they attempted to evict him from his  flat.

The bailiff was shot as he walked down an unlit corridor towards the kitchen to remove Stephenson. As he turned to run out of the door, the bailiff was shot a second time.
Stephenson followed the pair, plus a locksmith and another Metropolitan Housing employee, out of the house, firing four more rounds. One of these hit Ms Johnson.

As well as the gun, a search of his house uncovered more than 80 rounds of 9mm ammunition as well as a Brocock revolver and several hundred rounds of various live ammunition.

The gun used in the incident

Detective Sergeant Paul Carruth, 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.”

Earlier today, at Blackfriars Crown Court,  Stephenson was found guilty of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life.

He will be sentenced on March 14.