Sunday, 21 January 2007

Damilola killers in embryo

On 5 March 2004, The Evening Standard reported thus:

"The members of the notorious gang of teenage robbers who brought terror to commuters have had their identities released. The five youngsters are beginning custodial sentences totalling 11 years for a series of frightening train robberies. DC Terry Hill said:

'They would select their victims and hunt like a pack… There were 11 victims who were subjected to violence, increasing each time to an eventual threat of stabbing a young man who had what he believed was the point of a knife placed in his stomach.'

Daniel Preddie, one of the two brothers who were eventually found guilty of Damilola Taylor's murder, was a leading member of the train gang."
Somalian immigrant, Mustapha Warsama, the leader of the train gang, had been sentenced to a 12-month supervision order in April 1999. During that trial he held a plastic gun lighter to the head of the dock officer and he still wasn't jailed!

British Transport Police believe the gang may have carried out up to 11 robberies altogether. All five train robbers had long criminal records. One detective said:

"They have no respect for authority."
Preddie and Warsama were both sentenced to three years in a young offenders' institution.

In the year 2000, the Preddie brothers also appeared in court accused, with three other black youths, of a vicious sex attack on two little girls.

Sarah Foster, who was just eleven the time, said:

"Their eyes bulged with hatred. They were like animals… Their hands were everywhere… They were screaming at me that I was a slag. My pants were down at my knees. They punched me to the ground and hurt my legs and face. I could hear my friend crying and yelling… One of us would break free and try to help the other. Then we’d both be pinned down again."
The intended gang-rape was only aborted when the mother of Sarah's friedn appeared on the scene. Sarah added:

"Ricky came after us as we left to say, ‘Don’t bother calling the police, don’t waste your time. We’re the Untouchables'."
A few days later, Preddie and the Peckham Boys threw petrol bombs at Sarah's home. At this time, her erstwhile 'boyfriend' was heard to say:

"You slag, I’m going to f***ing kill you."
Sarah said that the Preddies' criminality began when they began 'mugging little kids for their pocket money,' and added:

"No one was safe. Even though Ricky and Danny were just kids, no adult would stand up to them because they knew they had a huge gang to back them up."
She moved to a new school after the attempted rape. However, she was soon bullied into leaving by two girls who just happened to be cousins of her attackers.

The Preddies were eventually charged with indecent assaulting Sarah and her friend but the case was dismissed 'on legal grounds.'

Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, official tolerance (and thus encouragement) of the above is what makes a Damilola killer.

This is Sarah as she was when the Peckham Boys were trying to rape her:

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