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Schoolboy killer released for the second time

Mark Hughes

Published 25/01/2012 | 13:42

Ricky Preddie (left) was jailed for eight years in 2006 after he was convicted of the manslaughter of Damilola Taylor
Ricky Preddie (left) was jailed for eight years in 2006 after he was convicted of the manslaughter of Damilola Taylor

RICKY Preddie, one of the brothers convicted of killing the schoolboy Damilola Taylor, has been released from prison.

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Preddie, who was 13 when Damilola was killed in 2000, was jailed for eight years along with his brother Danny in 2006 after the pair were convicted of manslaughter.



Preddie, now 24, was originally released in September 2010, but was returned to jail in March last year after breaching the terms of his probation conditions.



Sources at the time said he had ignored an exclusion order which prohibited him from entering Southwark, where Damilola was stabbed to death.



It is thought he had also been breaching a late-night curfew and socialising with individuals he was prohibited from contacting.



He was released from Pentonville prison in north London today, sources said.



Danny Preddie, now 23, was released in September last year.



Damilola, 10, was returning home from a library when he was stabbed in the thigh with a broken beer bottle in Peckham in 2000.



His family had come to Nigeria a few moths before his death in search for a better life.



Last month, Damilola's father, Richard Taylor, criticised the decision to give an OBE to Chris Preddie, a cousin of the killers.



He said he was "totally against" Mr Preddie being honoured for his work with youths, calling for stricter rules to be brought in over who should be eligible for honours.



Telegraph.co.uk

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