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Damilola Taylor tragedy helped nail Stephen Lawrence pair

Original Source: SUN: THURSDAY 05 JANUARY 2012
By MIKE SULLIVAN, Crime Editor
Published: Today

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 other.

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, West London.


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