The killing of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor – and his father’s fight for justice – shocked and moved the world.

The Bafta award winning BBC drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy, which documents the personal family story behind the headlines, is set to be re-shown on Channel One.

Viewers are taken back in time to the year 2000, when young Damilola was discovered bleeding to death in a stairwell in Peckham, London – just days before his 11th birthday.

He had been stabbed in the leg with a broken bottle as he walked home from a library, months after moving to Britain from Nigeria.

Only after a third trial were teenage brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie jailed for killing 10-year-old Damilola.

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.

Members of the Young Peckham Boys gang, Danny and Ricky Preddie were 12 and 13 years old when they killed Damilola.

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 in 2005, six years after Damilola’s killing, brothers Ricky and Danny- by now 18 and 19 years old – were found guilty of manslaughter when forensic evidence, missed at the time, revealed tiny blood spots and fibres.

The brothers were sentenced to eight years at the trial at the Old Bailey in August 2006.

Ricky was paroled in September 2010, and Danny followed the next year.

After serving two thirds of his sentence, former gang leader Ricky was sent back to prison in March 2011 for breaking the terms of his licence.

He was recalled after being spotted returning to the scene of the stabbing. Ricky was sent back to jail amid fears he was trying to make contact with his old gang friends.

Danny was released early in September 2011 after serving five years of his sentence.

In 2013 Ricky attended Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court charged with a total of nine offences allegedly committed just months after he was released from jail.

Ricky, 26 at the time, was seen brandishing a home made sign that read: “Real Justice For Damiola” spelling his young victim’s name wrong.

Preddie was granted early release three times since 2010, but on each occasion breached parole and was returned to jail.


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