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Tuesday, 12 March, 2002, 22:18 GMT
Damilola 'killed for defying bullies'
Feltham Young Offenders' Institution
One boy is alleged to have 'bragged' in Feltham
Damilola Taylor was killed after refusing to commit street robberies for bullies, the Old Bailey has heard.

An 18-year-old former inmate at Feltham Young Offenders Institute told the court on Tuesday that one of the 16-year-old boys charged with murder had told him what happened.

Two brothers, both aged 16, and a 15-year-old youth deny murder, manslaughter and assault with intent to rob.

The youth told the court he was told the brothers and another teenager had confronted 10-year-old Damilola.

They were confronting him to scare him so he would do things for them

Witness, 18

He said: "They had confronted the boy because they were asking him to do stuff.

"He said he was telling him about the other boys he was getting to do street robberies and stuff, but he would not do it.

"He said they get others like Damilola to go out and do similar robberies and stuff for them, but he would not.

"So they were confronting him to scare him so he would do things for them."

Damilola died on November 27, 2000, from a thigh injury caused by a broken beer bottle on the North Peckham Estate, south London, where he lived.
Damilola Taylor
Damilola's death sparked a national outcry

Asked by Mark Dennis, prosecuting, why the 16-year-old youth had said Damilola was stabbed, the witness said he could not remember.

Earlier, another 18-year-old inmate told the court one of the brothers told him he was present during the attack.

During cross-examination he admitted he had been asked by police to pass on information about the brothers.

He said his motive for giving information was to get a letter from police to help in his sentencing for knife-point robberies.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

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