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Friday, 1 February, 2002, 14:21 GMT
Damilola 'left trail of blood'
Floral tributes laid at place where Damilola died
Damilola dragged himself up to this stairwell
The jury in the Damilola Taylor murder trial has been shown video footage of a trail of blood left by the dying schoolboy.

A woman juror wiped away tears as she and the other jury members watched on television screens around the Old Bailey court.

Damilola's parents Richard and Gloria Taylor had left the room before witness Malcolm O'Neill was called to say how he discovered the blood trail and to narrate the video.

The court also heard how the first police officer on the scene failed in his attempts to give the boy the kiss of life.

Damilola Taylor
Damilola bled to death from a thigh wound
Ten-year-old Damilola bled to death on 27 November 2000, from a thigh wound caused by a broken beer bottle on the North Peckham Estate, south London, where he lived.

The prosecution alleges he was attacked by a gang of youths who tried to steal his silver jacket.

Two brothers aged 16, their 17-year-old friend and a 14-year-old boy deny murder, manslaughter and assault with intent to rob.

The defendants cannot be named for legal reasons.

The jury watched the video twice, the second time with workman Mr O'Neill, who followed the blood marks, explaining what it showed.

The video, taken two hours after the alleged killing, depicted broken green glass and blood on a rainy night.

Bottle shards

Mr O'Neill said the rain may have washed away some of the bigger pools of blood.

He told the court how his workmate Guillermo Casale, known as 'Bill', called him out from his office to say there was "a little kid out there bleeding".

Carpenter Guillermo (Bill) Casale
Mr Casale found Damilola
They both went to the stairwell, borrowed a mobile phone and called the police.

Mr O'Neill said he saw blood leading down the stairs, over a road and along the pavement opposite by a boiler house building.

The blood trail started about a yard from where bits of broken beer bottle were found, and he said there were "quite big patches of it".

One piece of glass had a jagged edge sticking out of it.

"I thought perhaps the chap might have been running along and tripped up on it," he added.

Later, PC James Greenhill described to the court how he had followed a "quite horrific" trail of blood to the dying boy.

He tried unsuccessfully to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but was hampered by what he believed to be a blockage, Damilola's tongue or some blood, in the 10-year-old's throat.

The prosecution had previously claimed the gang had put a marble in the boy's mouth during the attack.

The case continues.

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The BBC's Reeta Chakrabarti
"Several members of the jury looked distressed and one appeared tearful"
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