Damilola Taylor: Killer of 10-year-old gets early release from jail
Published 13/09/2011 | 12:34
One of the brothers who killed schoolboy Damilola Taylor has been released early from prison.
Danny Preddie, now 23, is understood to be staying at a west London bail hostel after serving five years for the 10-year-old's manslaughter.
He was spotted walking in a park with a bottle of beer despite strict parole conditions, including a curfew order ensuring he is not out on the streets late at night.
Elder brother Ricky, 24, who was also sentenced to eight years behind bars in October 2006, was released in September last year - but recalled to jail for breaching his parole.
Gary Trowsdale, managing director of the Damilola Taylor Trust, said: "Having cost the taxpayer £15 million in police and trial fees we hope that Danny Preddie can finally show some remorse.
"The system of reformation does not seem to have worked for his brother so we can only hope he is more sensible.
"If he can make some use of his life now then we should give him that chance. Whether we agree with the short sentence or not it is served now and we have to hope he does not heap more pain and suffering on the Taylor family by having them read his name again in the papers in relation to another crime."
After the Preddies were sentenced at the Old Bailey, Damilola's father, Richard Taylor, questioned whether the jail terms would act as a deterrent to others.
When asked about Danny's early release from jail two weeks ago, a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: "Serious offenders on licence are subject to a strict set of conditions and controls.
"Examples include a strict curfew and other restrictions on their movements, as well as frequent meetings with their offender manager. If they fail to comply with their licence conditions, they are liable to be returned to custody."
Damilola's death in November 2000 shocked the nation.
He had moved to Britain from Nigeria a few months before he was jabbed in the thigh with a broken beer bottle by a gang of youths as he walked home from the local library after school.
The youngster was found bleeding to death in a stairwell near his home in Peckham, south London, where local workmen tried to save his life.
The brothers were convicted of manslaughter and jailed for eight years in October 2006, after being charged in 2005 when forensic evidence, missed at the time, revealed tiny blood spots and fibres.
Ricky was returned to a south London prison after being seen in Southwark, south London, and associating with gang members.