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Damilola Taylor killer back in jail

JAILED: Ricky Preddie

ONE OF the men found guilty of killing schoolboy Damilola Taylor is back in prison for a third time after he was accused of handling stolen goods.

Ricky Preddie, 25, who was first jailed for eight years in 2006 after he and his brother Danny were found guilty of fatally stabbing 10-year-old Damilola in a south London stairwell, was taken into custody after police found a stolen motorbike at his bail hostel in Richmond, Surrey.

Preddie pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing of being in possession of a stolen red Suzuki motorbike worth £800 between October 31 and December 10 last year.

Defence counsel Rosemary Ollenson confirmed there was no appeal for bail as Mr Preddie was out on licence at the time of the alleged offence.

Chair magistrate Mrs Amanda Otway said: "Your trial date is February 6. You are going to be remanded in custody until that date for the same reasons as last time."

Damilola's father Richard, 64, today expressed his fury at the "prison merry-go-round" linked to his son's death.


KILLED: Damilola Taylor

Preddie was first freed in September 2010 after four years in jail - only half his sentence for Damilola's manslaughter - and was told he must stay away from his old area, and other places in south London he used to visit with his gang.

Six months later he was recalled after returning to the Peckham estates he terrorised as a boy.

On January 25 last year, he was freed for a second time but got in trouble again only 16 days after being released.

Richard Taylor told The Sun: "He should now stay in prison. If he had been jailed for life for killing my son in the first place, we wouldn’t have this prison merry-go-round"

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