Three people were jailed at Kingston Crown Court after a woman and her cousin hired a hitman to shoot her ex-boyfriend.
Samantha Cadge, Shane Worrall and Marwan Goodridge were all found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent late last year.
The victim, a man in his 20’s, was shot twice at close range with a sawn-off shotgun in West Hendon last year and will never walk again.
The three were handed down a combined sentence of 48 years although they were found not guilty on the charge of attempted murder.
The victim was shot in the spine and then again in the groin in the early hours of November 25, 2010.
Cadge, 26, of Fulham Palace Road is believed to have instigated the shooting of her ex-partner who had ended the relationship more than a year earlier to take up with her best friend.
She maintained her innocence throughout the proceedings and looked impassive as she received a 16-year sentence.
Cadge, who had no previous convictions, was described by judge, Nicholas Price as someone: “undoubtedly intelligent, resourceful and ambitious.”
He noted her glowing and positive character references but he said: “Without her none of this would have happened, she led a determined and persistent campaign to get her cousin to do her bidding.”
Cadge’s cousin, Worrall, who was given a 14-year sentence, was described as a ‘facilitator’ and ‘pivot’ in the conspiracy. He drove hired hit man Goodridge on a reconnaissance before transporting him to the scene of the shooting.
The 30-year-old from Hammersmith had apparently shown remorse and cooperated in implicating Cadge, who otherwise may not have been found guilty
The judge said to Worrall: “Not only did you recruit Goodridge but you also became personally involved.”
Hired gun, Goodridge smiled as his 18-year sentence was delivered. The judge pointed out that the 24-year-old had no personal reasons to dislike the victim and had acted purely for financial gain.
Goodridge has a string of previous violent convictions and because he was jailed in the interest of public protection his sentence is technically indeterminate. Had the victim died, he would have spent at least 30 years behind bars.
An unrelated drug search of the shooter’s flat in Acton unveiled evidence of the crime.
A police spokesman said, “A sawn-off shotgun was found together with details of the victim and photographs of him. Also found was clothing matching that worn by the gunman.”
“The photographs of the victim were found to have Cadge’s and Worrall’s fingerprints on them and a hand-written note found in Worrall’s flat had been shown to be written by Cadge.”