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Two Teens Acquitted of Killing 10-Year-Old

April 26, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A jury acquitted two teenage brothers of murdering a 10-year-old Nigerian boy, a killing that prompted national soul-searching.

Damilola Taylor was attacked as he walked home from a computer class in November 2000.

Prosecutors said four boys--the other two were acquitted earlier--slashed Damilola's thigh with a broken bottle, severing an artery, and jammed a marble down his throat. The boys allegedly left him bleeding and crying for help.

The testimony of the star witness, a 14-year-old girl, was ruled too unreliable to be admitted, and the British media have suggested that Scotland Yard was under enormous pressure to find Damilola's attackers.

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