THE father of stabbing victim Damilola Taylor last night spoke of his
"deep satisfaction" that his ten-year-old son's legacy led to the
breakthrough in the Stephen Lawrence case.
DNA searching techniques gleaned from Dami's case were used by
scientists to find blood, hair and fibres which nailed Gary Dobson and
David Norris for Stephen's murder.
And Richard Taylor told The Sun he can find some solace in the fact that
the death of one South London boy ultimately led to justice for the
Mr Taylor, 63, said: "I have a lifetime feeling of contentment that the
DNA procedures found as a result of Dami's case are now being used to
get other killers convicted for their heinous offences.
"I have got to know Stephen's parents Doreen and Neville well and it
gives me deep satisfaction that some good has come to them."
Dami was stabbed in Peckham on his way home from school in November 2000
— seven years and seven months after Stephen's death.
The Forensic Science Service missed blood on a trainer belonging to
killer Danny Preddie, but it was later found by private firm LGC
Forensics. Preddie, now 23, and brother Ricky, 24, were convicted of
manslaughter in August 2006.
A forensic review of Stephen's murder began in late 2007 using the
microscope techniques from Dami's case.
The same procedure is now being used in hundreds of other crimes —
including Madeleine McCann's 2007 abduction in Portugal and the 1999
shooting of Crimewatch presenter Jill Dando outside her home in Fulham,