Thursday, 3 October 2013

Damilola Taylor's killer carries mocking paper message in Court today

The killer who stabbed 10-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor to death in a crime that horrified Britain today mocked his victim with a tawdry sign calling for 'real justice' as he left court.

In a revolting display of arrogance or ignorance, Ricky Preddie gestured at the handwritten message after appearing before magistrates in west London on driving charges.

The 26-year-old had not even managed to spell the child's name right. Instead the sign read 'Real justice for Damiola Taylor'.

Preddie, from Sydenham, south east London,was jailed for eight years in 2006 along with his brother Danny for manslaughter after fatally stabbing 10-year-old Damilola in the leg with a broken bottle.
Ricky was first released from prison on parole in 2010 - but he was sent back to jail three times after breaking the terms of his release. His brother Danny was released from prison in 2011.

Their victim Damilola Taylor was left to bleed to death in a stairwell in Peckham, south-east London, after being attacked in November 2000 on his way home from the library.

The schoolboy was caught on CCTV just minutes before he was attacked walking home.
His family had moved to London from Nigeria in search of a better life just months before the fatal attack.

Eight years later, Damilola's mother Gloria Taylor, 57, died from a heart attack after suffering from high blood pressure following her son's death.
The mother, who dedicated her life after her son's death to helping underprivileged children, collapsed while walking near her home in Blackheath, South East London.
Today, almost 13 years after the killing, Ricky Preddie appeared before Hammersmith Magistrates' Court charged with a string of driving offences plus a separate matter of trespassing on railway property.

He denied all nine charges. He was was arrested in August - just three months after being released from jail for the last time after serving out his sentence for killing Damilola.

Wearing a plaster on the left side of his head after having his ear hacked off in a prison fight, Preddie spoke in court only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
He is due to stand trial on December


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