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Friday, 1 February, 2002, 16:09 GMT
'Desperate attempt' to save Damilola
Several churches in Damilola's neighbourhood joined forces for a 10-minute march in April, 2001
Damilola's death provoked outrage nationwide
A police officer has told the Damilola Taylor murder trial how he tried to revive the dying schoolboy after finding him in a pool of blood.

Pc James Greenhill, the first officer at the scene, tried in vain to give the 10-year-old the kiss of life, he told the Old Bailey on Friday.

He was hampered by what he thought was a blockage in the boy's throat, but he could not see any obstructions.

It was in fact a marble which, the prosecution argues, a gang of youths had placed in Damilola's mouth while attacking him.


I placed my fingers at his throat but could not find a pulse

Pc James Greenhill

Damilola bled to death on 27 November 2000, from a thigh wound caused by a broken beer bottle on the south London estate where he lived.

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 Old Bailey was told Damilola had staggered 30 yards and up three flights of steps before collapsing on the stairwell.

'Horrific' blood trail

Pc Greenhill said: "There were very large patches of blood.

"They were very dark and quite horrific, splashed about 18 inches apart with a small footprint in each indicating a child.

"Damilola was lying on the top of the flight of stairs with his head on the top step on a small landing.

"His head was back at an angle and there was a group of workmen from a nearby office standing near him."
Damilola Taylor
Damilola bled to death from a thigh wound

Pc Greenhill knelt down next to him and put his ear to Damilola's mouth.

But he could not hear any breathing or see the boy's chest moving.

He said: "My colleague was tending to his left leg and I assessed that maybe with the large amount of blood and the small wound there may have been other puncture wounds to his body.

"So I pulled up his top and ran my arm over his torso to see if there were any other wounds that might stop me from resuscitating him.

"I placed my fingers at his throat but could not find a pulse."

No signs of life

Further attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and the policeman used a torch to shine into the boy's throat, but he could see no obstruction and began trying to resuscitate him again.

This time he had more success in getting oxygen into his lungs, but it was not enough.

An ambulance crew arrived, 12 minutes after being called, but there were no signs of life and Damilola was taken to King's College Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The trial was adjourned until Monday.

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"The jury seemed distressed and one was tearful"
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