Lawrence murder trial jury retire to consider verdicts
PUBLISHED: 15:13 29 December 2011
Jurors in the trial of two men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence retired today (Thursday December 29) to consider their verdicts.
Gary Dobson, 36, of Phineas Pett Road, Eltham, and David Norris, 35, formerly of Berryfield Road, Chislehurst, deny murdering the black teenager, who was killed in a racist attack in Eltham, south east London, in April 1993.
The trial, which began at the Old Bailey on November 14, is now in its seventh week.
The historic court was opened especially this week during the holiday period so that the case could continue between Christmas and New Year.
Earlier, Mr Justice Treacy told the panel of four women and eight men that they must “reach verdicts on the basis of cool, calm consideration”.
Finishing his summing-up today, he continued going through forensic evidence found on clothing seized from Dobson and Norris’s homes, and then the testimony that they gave to the court.
The judge also summarised the prosecution and defence closing speeches, before reiterating key steps that the jurors must go through to reach a verdict.
He stressed that they should take as long as they need to come to a decision.
“You should take as long as you need to be faithful to your oath. You took an oath to consider the evidence and to return true verdicts according to the evidence. So you take as long or as little as you need.”
The jury was sent out at around 2.40pm.