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  Girl 'heard Damilola cry for help'
Updated 04 February 2002, 17.28
Damilola caught on CCTV just before the attack
A 14-year-old girl in the Damilola Taylor murder trial has told how she saw the 10-year-old being attacked and heard him cry "help".

The girl was giving evidence for the prosecution but was hidden behind a heavy velvet curtain.

Her age means she's only allowed to be seen by the judge, jury and lawyers.

Damilola's mum and dad arrive at court
Damilola's mum and dad

She told the court she was walking home from school when she saw four youths surrounding a young boy.

She said: "I thought they were just robbing someone."

The witness named three of the teenage boys facing trial for Damilola's murder. She said she knew the fourth boy by sight.

Scared

The court heard that although she was the only witness to the attack, she didn't see who stabbed Damilola.

The girl said she didn't want to go up to him in case she got into trouble. She also saw the boys pass round a bottle, the jury heard.

The stairwell where Damilola was found

She only realised Damilola had died when she saw it on the news the next day.

But she didn't call the police for a month. She was scared, the jury heard, because one of the accused was a school friend.

Damilola died in November 2000 after being stabbed with a broken beer bottle. The trial continues.

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