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Friday, 5 April, 2002, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Damilola 'may have been stabbed'
Damilola Taylor
Damilola Taylor died near his home in Peckham
A leading surgeon who told the Damilola Taylor murder trial the schoolboy died after falling on a broken bottle has admitted he could be wrong.

Accident and Emergency trauma consultant Alistair Wilson had told the Old Bailey jury on Thursday the injuries which led to the 10-year-old's death were not likely to be deliberate.

But under cross-examination on Friday Mr Wilson admitted he could not rule out the possibility Damilola was deliberately stabbed in the leg with the bottle, as the prosecution claims.

Two 16-year-old brothers deny murdering Damilola, who bled to death in a stairwell on a south London estate, in November 2000.

They also deny manslaughter and assault with intent to rob.

'Fundamentally wrong'

Mr Wilson told the Old Bailey jury he had never seen anybody deliberately stabbed in the thigh with a bottle.

The consultant said he decided Damilola died after accidentally falling on glass by studying photographs.

He admitted he had not seen Damilola's body, his clothing or the partially reconstructed bottle.

Mark Dennis, prosecuting, told Mr Wilson the pathologist Dr Vesna Djurovic believed his theory was "fundamentally wrong".

He replied: "I would disagree in clinical terms."

Dr Djurovic, who told the court Damilola was wounded in a deliberate stabbing and cutting motion, may be recalled next week before the prosecution begins its closing speech.

Verdicts

Earlier this week, one of the boys said he would not be giving evidence and on Friday his brother said he would not enter the witness box either.

The judge Mr Justice Hooper told the jury that it might be sent out to consider verdicts on 16 April.

The hearing was adjourned until Wednesday.

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