The two brothers convicted of killing schoolboy Damilola Taylor made a defiant gesture with their handcuffed hands as they were jailed for eight years today.
Danny Preddie, 18, and his brother Ricky, 19, lifted their hands and crossed their wrists as they were led to the cells.
Each had been handcuffed on one side to a burly prison officer for fear of violent outbursts following their conviction for manslaughter in August.
A supporter in the public gallery at the Old Bailey today shouted an obscene insult at the judge, Mr Justice Goldring.
He had sentenced the Preddies to eight years' youth custody, minus time already spent in custody - 523 days for Ricky and 330 for Danny.
The brothers, who had a reputation for violence in Peckham, south London, when they attacked 10-year-old Damilola in November 2000, will be able to apply for parole after serving half their sentence.
The brothers wore matching blue T-shirts and looked moody as they came into court.
Danny answered "yes" as he was asked to confirm his identity. But Ricky failed to answer and it was left to his barrister to reply.
The brothers had denied killing Damilola by jabbing his leg with a broken beer bottle in November 2000, but were convicted by a jury after a retrial.
An earlier trial in April cleared them of murder and assault with intent to rob, but could not agree on manslaughter.
Nigerian-born Damilola had been in Britain only a few months when he fell foul of the bullying brothers after walking home from the local library after school.
He bled to death in a stairwell of the estate as local workmen tried to save his life.
A number of youths - including the Preddies - were arrested in the wake of Damilola's death.
Four were cleared in a trial in 2002. Hassan Jihad, 20, was cleared in April this year.
The Preddies, who had a local reputation for violence, were not charged until last year when forensic evidence, missed at the time, revealed tiny blood spots and fibres.
They were 12 and 13 at the time of the killing.
Damilola's parents, Richard and Gloria Taylor, sat at the side of the dock for today's hearing.
They heard lawyers in the case praise their dignity throughout the many legal hearings.
Victor Temple QC, prosecuting, said they were "dignified as always".
Orlando Pownall QC, defending Danny Preddie, asked for mercy for his client, saying there had been no intention to kill or cause serious injury.
Although he had spent only four months out of custody since he was 15, these other convictions could not be held against him in sentencing him for the 2000 manslaughter.
Nigel Sweeney QC, defending Ricky Preddie, said: "There is nothing any of us can do to remedy the loss of Damilola Taylor or ease Mr and Mrs Taylor's pain.
"They have suffered with conspicuous dignity."
Mr Sweeney said the judge had seen Ricky under intense pressure but others had seen a better side of him.Reuse content