- The brothers were handed £35,000 each for ‘hurt feelings’
- Damilola’s father brands the sum ‘insulting‘
Two brothers cleared of killing schoolboy Damilola Taylor have been handed a sum believed to be £70,000 in compensation by detectives at Scotland Yard.
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed a ‘settlement has been agreed’ but would not reveal the amount the 25-year-old brothers were given for ‘legal reasons’.
However, according to The Sun, the pair, who cannot be named, received £35,000 each of taxpayers’ money for their ‘hurt feelings’.
Damilola’s father Richard, and his late wife Gloria, were paid £10,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
Their son, 10, bled to death in a stairwell after being stabbed in the thigh with a broken bottle on a council estate in Peckham, south-east London, in 2000.
Mrs Taylor, 57, collapsed after suffering a suspected heart attack while walking near her home in Shooters Hill, south-east London, in 2008.
The brothers are alleged to have criminal records for theft, aggravated burglary, robbery, stealing cars, assaulting police and possessing cannabis.
Members of the Young Peckham Boys gang, they appeared in the dock aged 16, named only as Boy A and Boy B, accused of murdering Damilola, but walked free following unanimous ‘not guilty’ verdicts on all charges against them.
During the trial a key prosecution witness, a 14-year-old girl, claimed to have witnessed the attack but was later revealed to be an ‘accomplished liar’ with her sights set on a £50,000 reward.
Ricky and Danny Preddie, now 23 and 22, were jailed for eight years for manslaughter in 2006 after a judge said they showed no remorse.
The acquitted brothers, who still cannot be named for legal reasons, sued for wrongful arrest and were awarded the cash.
A police spokesman said: ‘Civil proceedings were issued by the Metropolitan Police and a settlement has been agreed.
‘We are not discussing it further for legal reasons.’
Mr Taylor has branded the boys’ payout ‘insulting’.
Gary Trowsdale, head of the Damilola Taylor Trust, told the newspaper: ‘Richard thinks the money handed out is insulting. Whoever authorised it should hang their head in shame.’
The brothers’ mother said: ‘It’s not about money, it’s about getting your facts straight.’
Mr Taylor was awarded an OBE last month for his on-going campaign against knife crime.
The police inquiry and prosecution into the case and three-month long trial of the teenagers is estimated to have cost more than £10million.