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Damilola was 'bullied about his accent'.

A fourteen-year-old boy told the Old Bailey yesterday that he heard another boy say Damilola Taylor was killed after being bullied about his African accent.

The youth said: 'I remember him saying there were three other lads. Two of them were from the same estate.

'I don't think they meant to kill the boy but were just trying to scare him, calling him names and just surrounding him.

'He was calling him a batty man, meaning he was gay, because of his accent. They surrounded him, called him names and then stabbed him.'

The youth said the conversation took place last summer in a secure unit where he had been placed because he had been taking drugs.

He denied lying about the conversation with a 15-year-old who denies murdering Damilola with two brothers aged 16.

Damilola, ten, died after being stabbed with a broken bottle on the North Peckham Estate, south London, in November 2000, three months after moving from Nigeria.

The trial continues.
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Date:Mar 21, 2002
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