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Stephen Lawrence murder duo Gary Dobson and David Norris jailed

PUBLISHED: 12:23 04 January 2012 | UPDATED: 16:53 04 January 2012

Gary Dobson (left) and David Norris denied murdering Stephen Lawrence

Gary Dobson (left) and David Norris denied murdering Stephen Lawrence

Two men convicted of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence have been jailed for a total of at least 29 years.

Gary Dobson, aged 36, of Phineas Pett Road, Eltham, and David Norris, aged 35, formerly of Berryfield Close, Chislehurst, were sentenced at the Old Bailey.

Both were given life terms.

Dobson was jailed for a minimum of 15 years and two months.

Norris was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years and three months.

Both were convicted of murder yesterday after prosecutors successfully claimed that blood, hair and fibres linked to Mr Lawrence found on clothing seized from Dobson and Norris’ homes proved they were involved in the attack.

It is almost 19 years since the 18-year-old was stabbed to death in Well Hall Road, Eltham, in April 1993.

Mr Justice Treacy said the racist murder was a “terrible and evil crime”.

Stephen’s parents Doreen and Neville wept at the verdicts were delivered.

Dobson and Norris were sentenced as Britain’s top police officer Scotland Yard commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said “the other people involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence should not rest easily in their beds”.

Passing sentence, the judge told the pair: “A totally innocent 18-year-old youth on the threshold of a promising life was brutally cut down in the street in front of eye witnesses by a racist, thuggish gang.

“You were both members of that gang. I have no doubt at all that you fully subscribed to its views and attitudes.”

He said that undercover police footage of the pair using racist obscenities showed “disgusting and shocking scenes”, and that the murder was committed “for no other reason than racial hatred.”


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