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Damilola jurors 'cannot decide'
Damilola Taylor
Damilola Taylor died after suffering a leg wound
Jurors in the Damilola Taylor murder trial have told the judge they cannot reach a majority verdict on two brothers accused of killing him.

On their fifth day of deliberations, the jury has retired again to discuss whether there is any point continuing.

On Monday, Hassan Jihad, 20, of Peckham, south London, was cleared of Damilola's murder in Peckham in 2000.

Damilola, 10, bled to death from a wound to the leg in a stairwell on the North Peckham Estate in November 2000.

The two brothers, aged 17 and 18, who still face the charges, cannot be named for legal reasons.

The Old Bailey jury of seven men and four women was sent home for the night after failing to reach a majority verdict on Monday afternoon.

'Attempted robbery'

On Tuesday the judge, Mr Justice Leveson, told them: "There is absolutely no pressure on any of you to reach a verdict one way or the other."

Four youths aged under 18 were all cleared of killing Damilola following a trial in 2002.

Damilola had been attending an after-school computer club at Peckham Library before he died.

Although Jihad admitted being in the road where Damilola is alleged to have been attacked, he denied seeing the other two defendants - who cannot be named to protect the identity of the younger brother.

The prosecution claimed Damilola was stabbed with a broken bottle in an attempted robbery.

But an expert who was a witness for the defence told the court Damilola's wound could have been caused by the youngster falling on to a glass bottle.


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Profile: Damilola Taylor
03 Apr 06 |  UK



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