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Damilola killer jailed for driving at police officer

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Image caption Ricky Preddie pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to a police officer by dangerous driving

A man who killed the schoolboy Damilola Taylor has been jailed for four years for seriously injuring a police officer by driving his car into her.

Ricky Preddie, 32, reversed into PC Natalia Trzeciak on the pavement to avoid a police stop in Wembley, north-west London, in November.

Harrow Crown Court was told she suffered neck and leg injuries.

Preddie and his brother Danny were jailed in 2006 for the manslaughter of Damilola in November 2000.

Preddie, also known as Ricky Johnson, was driving an Alfa Romeo, which police tried to stop, Harrow Crown Court heard.

To avoid them, he reversed along the pavement and smashed into the police vehicle PC Trzeciak was getting out of.

He escaped but was later arrested.

Johnson admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop and driving without insurance.

He was 13 years old when he killed Damilola, who was jabbed in the thigh with a broken beer bottle as he walked home from a library after school.

The 10-year-old was found bleeding to death in a stairwell near his home in Peckham, south London.

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