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Wednesday, 6 February, 2002, 19:48 GMT
Damilola jury sees taped interviews
Damilola Taylor
Damilola bled to death in a stairwell in south London
The jury in the Damilola Taylor murder trial has been watching video tapes of the prosecution's chief witness - a 14-year-old girl - being interviewed by police.

Earlier this week the girl told the Old Bailey that she lied in her first two interviews with officers.

She said she thought she would get into trouble if she revealed she had not helped Damilola or gone to the police sooner.


If it was my little brother then I'd want someone to say 'I know who killed him'

Witness, 14

The prosecution maintains she has been consistent throughout in her identifying of the four defendants as the attackers.

The court also heard on Wednesday how the girl claimed she was going to get a holiday in Spain from the police.

Damilola bled to death from a thigh wound caused by a broken bottle on the North Peckham Estate, south London, in November 2000.

Two brothers aged 16, their 17-year-old friend and a 14-year-old boy are accused of murder, manslaughter and assault with intent to rob. They deny all the charges.

Lie admitted

The girl alleges she watched from across the street as the 10-year-old schoolboy was attacked.

On Tuesday, she disrupted the trial by walking out of the court after clashing with a defence barrister.

She was persuaded to return to the witness box and is likely to appear in court again on Friday.

The videos the jury watched on Wednesday showed the girl, who was 13 at the time, being questioned by two female police officers.

One of the officers had told her she was being brave in coming forward.

Damilola Taylor's parents
Damilola's mother and father have been in court
Asked why she had contacted police, she said: "Because I kept seeing the news and it was just making me upset that I knew and his family's looking for the killers.

"I would just like someone to confess. If it was my little brother then I'd want someone to say 'I know who killed him'."

The girl told police some of the defendants had telephoned her and said they had been involved, supposedly boasting: "That's one less African in the world."

The court also heard a tape of the girl saying: "I am going to Spain for free."

Reward

When questioned by a teacher, acting as her adult guardian in the interview, the girl said the police were paying.

Later, she said: "I don't get none of this money until I'm 18."

The jury was previously told about a 50,000 reward for information put up by the Daily Mail following Damilola's death.

The trial continues.

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