After almost two decades of calling out for justice on a racist murder, carried out on Stephen Lawrence in 1993 two men have been found guilty. Gary Dobson and David Norris were sentenced to 15 years and two months, and 14 years and three months respectively.
The pair was sentenced at the Old Bailey under guidelines in place at the time of the attack, and as juveniles because both had been under 18. Dobson 36 and Norris 35 were the only ones convicted at the moment for the murder at Eltham. Police report said the crime was carried out in the company a group of white teenagers, and which they say other culprit are still at large.
Stephen Lawrence’s parent, Neville and Doreen, Showed gratitude to the judge and jury on the way they handled the case, and thanked the police for consistently following the crime for years. Neville Lawrence also urged Norris and Dobson to give up accomplices to his son’s murder. Doreen (victim’s mother) stated that “It’s the beginning of starting a new life. We have been in limbo for so long.”
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe at a media conference on Wednesday said: “We are still investigating this case and I would just like to take this opportunity, if anybody out there has more information or any evidence, even after all this time, please tell us then we’ll do the rest.” He added that “we are actively reviewing the consequences of what opportunities might be presented”.
Since the 1993 murder, 16 suspects have been arrested, 1,378 witness statements have been taken, and 835 house-to-house inquiries carried out.
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