2000, 10 year old Damilola Taylor was walking home from
Peckham library, he was attacked and stabbed in the leg with
a broken beer bottle.
He escaped, and
in a stairwell on the Peckham estate he was bleeding heavily
from the wound, he died in the ambulance on his way to
youths went on Trial at the Old Bailey in London.
All four were
acquitted, 2 were acquitted on the order of the judge,
saying the rime witness, a 14 year old girl, was unreliable.
The jury found the other 2 not guilty, and also questioned
the reliability of young witnesses.
Police had kept the investigation live, and after new DNA
techniques were used 3 people were arrested. The arrested
were Hassan Jihad, aged 19, and two brothers aged 17 and 16
who could not be named due to legal reasons.
2006, Jhand, and two brothers aged 17, and 18 appeared
at the old Bailey to face charges of manslaughter and
2006, The jury were unable to reach a verdict. The CPS
(Crown Prosecution service) announced that there would b a
2006, Ricky Preddie, now aged 19, and his brother Danny
Preddie, aged 18 go on trial at the Old Bailey. Forensic
evidence, which was missed at the time, revealed tiny blood
spots and fibres linking the brothers with Damilola.
September 2006, The jury of 6 men and 6 women, found
Rick & Danny Preddie, guilty of the manslaughter of 10
year old Damilola Taylor.
deferred to allow for reports.
2006, At the old Bailey, the judge sentenced the Preddie
brothers to 8 years in youth custody.
would be due for parole in 2010 after serving half of the
2010, Ricky was released, subject to probation
2011, Ricky Preddie was recalled because he was
seen in Peckham, and was associating with gang members, both
contrary to his parole conditions
2011, Danny Preddie released.
25th January 2012,
Rick Preddie released from Pentonville prison.
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