Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Who was 10-year-old Damilola Taylor, how was he killed and who did it?

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The young Nigerian boy's killing has been made into a one-off BBC drama - Damilola, Our Loved Boy. 

Ten-year-old Damilola Taylor 's killing - and his father's fight for justice - has been brought vividly to life in the BBC drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy.
Viewers were taken back in time to the year 2000, when Damilola was found bleeding to death in a stairwell in Peckham, London, just weeks before his 11th birthday.
He had been stabbed in the leg with a broken bottle as he walked home from a library, just months after moving to Britain from Nigeria.

Our Loved Boy film
 The Taylor family, as portrayed in the BBC drama
Only after a third trial were teenage brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie jailed for killing 10-year-old Damilola Taylor.
The young boy was walking home from Peckham Library in south-east London on a November day in 2000, when he received a gash to his left thigh from a broken bottle, as caught on CCTV.
Damilola ran to a stairwell and bled to death in 30 minutes in the grim surroundings.
Richard Taylor, father of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor
 Damilola Taylor's father Richard, and his continuing fight for justice, is the focus of the film

The first trial led to acquittals after the key witness - a 14-year-old girl - was ruled unreliable by the judge.
The jury in the second trial could not reach a verdict on the charges of manslaughter.
At the end of the third trial, the two brothers - by now over 18 years old - were sentenced to eight years in youth custody. 
Damilola's mum passed on 8 years later as she could no longer bear the pain.
Damilola Taylor killers: brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie
Brothers Danny (left) and Ricky Preddie (right)

Ricky was released in 2010, and Danny followed the next year. They are walking the streets free.

Source: MirrorUK.

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