Damilola Taylor killer behind bars again after leaving police officer ‘seriously injured’ during stop

Josh Salisbury (22 February, 2020)

Preddie hit a police officer during a stop and left her needing urgent medical attention

35050Left: Ricky Preddie; right: Damilola Taylor

One of ten-year-old Damilola Taylor’s killers has been jailed again after running over a police officer during a stop.

Ricky Preddie was 13 and his brother Danny, 12, when they killed Damilola in Peckham in November 2000 in what became one of the nation’s most infamous crimes.

He was jailed for eight years for manslaughter in 2006.

Now Ricky Preddie – also known as Ricky Johnson – is behind bars once more after pleading guilty to serious injury by dangerous driving; driving whilst disqualified; failing to stop; and driving without insurance.

The 32-year-old was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on Thursday and will also be banned from driving for twelve years once released.

He was driving an Alfa Romeo in Wembley in November last year when police attempted to stop him, said Scotland Yard.

Preddie initially stopped but then reversed along the pavement and hit a police car. A female PC who was getting out of the car suffered neck and leg injuries as a result.

Then he “callously” drove off, leaving the copper needing urgent medical attention.

“In escaping from officers who had pulled him over, Johnson’s driving was extremely reckless and resulted in an officer being seriously injured,” said Detective Superintendent Ray Keating.

“He then drove off from the scene, callously leaving the officer needing urgent medical attention.

“The officer has since returned to full duties, and I would like to commend her courage and strength since the incident.

“While she has recovered physically, the incident has taken an emotional and psychological toll.

“Sadly, officers are injured whilst protecting the public far too often.” Damilola was stabbed in the thigh with a broken beer bottle as he walked home from Peckham library after school.

He was found bleeding to death in a stairwell close to his home by workmen who tried to save his life.


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