Stephen Lawrence: sentences to be reviewed by Attorney General

PUBLISHED: 17:18 05 January 2012

Victim Stephen Lawrence

Victim Stephen Lawrence


The Attorney General is reviewing the sentences of Stephen Lawrence’s killers after several requests were sent to the office from members of the public.

Gary Dobson and David Norris were jailed for 15 years and two months and 14 years and three months respectively yesterday (4).

The pair who were found guilty of murder were sentenced as juveniles due to the fact that they were both under the age of 18 when they carried out the attack in 1993.

The Attorney General will now consider if the sentences were “unduly lenient”.

A spokesman said anyone can ask the Attorney General to look at a sentence, provided it is for certain categories of offence and the request is made within 28 days of the date of sentence being passed.

During sentencing at the Old Bailey yesterday, Mr Justice Treacy said the case was a “murder which scarred the conscience of the nation” as he took less than 30 seconds to sentence the pair.

18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was killed whilst waiting at a bus stop with his best friend Duwayne Brooks in Well Hall Road, Eltham in 1993.

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