Pair jailed for UK teen race murder

2012-01-04 15:00

London - A British judge sentenced two white men to minimum jail terms of 14 years and 15 years respectively on Wednesday for the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

Gary Dobson, 36, was sentenced to serve at least 15 years and two months while David Norris, 35, was sentenced to at least 14 years three months after a jury found them guilty on Tuesday.

Judge Colman Treacy told the Old Bailey court in London it was a "terrible and evil crime", and that the pair would have faced longer sentences except for the fact that they were teenagers when the murder happened.

Lawrence, a promising 18-year-old student, was stabbed to death at a bus stop in Eltham, southeast London, in April 1993 by a white gang, in what became one of Britain's most notorious unsolved crimes.

Treacy said Lawrence was killed "for no other reason than racial hatred".

Britain's top police officer, Scotland Yard Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, said shortly before the sentences were passed that "the other people involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence should not rest easily in their beds".

Lawrence's murder and the subsequent botched police inquiry were a landmark event in Britain.

A judicial inquiry into the police probe in 1999 found it was marred by professional incompetence, leadership failures and, crucially, "institutional racism", a charge which led to an overhaul of London's Metropolitan force.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-04 15:22

    This is a terrrible case but how do you prove ," Lawrence was killed "for no other reason than racial hatred" and how is that worse than being killed for no other reason than the money in your wallet?

      T - 2012-01-04 16:36

      You are trolling right you could not possibly be this obtuse and want the others to know

  • Johan - 2012-01-04 15:25

    OMF. Whenever a white kills a black its a "race murder". But when a black kills a white (which happens ALLOT more often), its just "crime". Cry me a river.

      jpcronje - 2012-01-04 15:43


      Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-01-04 16:08

      So what is yr clever point here?

      Phiwe - 2012-01-04 16:48

      The motive in the Lawrence case was discovered to be racist during the course of the investigation, with witness evidence saying these boys were heard shouting obscene racist slogans at Stephan. In being it was the 90's the met police was found to be institutionally racist and there was a cover up. But I hate it too when what you said happens. It happens quite a fair bit in SA, like with the Bees Roux case, most blacks called it racist simply because but I didnt think it was but it was an OTT response from Bees which he'll have to fry for. But if I am honest I find more whites automatically assuming a racial motive when a black does something to them and the biggest reference point is the farm attacks. Harrowing and gut wrentchingly horrid as they are and I wish more could be done to prevent them, I dont think the motive is racist and indeed research into this found about 2-5% was motivated race and the vast majority is motivated by wage disputes, abuse, theft, etc. but it's still 5% too much. But virtually every white person regards attacks as racist simply because ignoring imperical data, which to me is much more valuable than opinions biased by emotion and conjecture. I know I say this and most of you will attack me for it but I am just citing research into this.

      Johan Britz - 2012-01-04 21:01

      Wage disputes. Please. Is that REALLY the case or just lately the most common excuse? So if I'm not happy with what my boss pays me, its justified for me to rape his wife, torture him and then kill him? Again, cry me a river with your imagery "chip on the shoulder" racist murders.

      Phiwe - 2012-01-04 22:19

      It's not an excuse, it's just a finding from research!

      Phiwe - 2012-01-04 22:21

      Johan - how about you tell us why you think the murders are indubitably racist?

      Johan - 2012-01-05 09:25

      There must be a disconnect between "racist act", and a "race related act". People seem to get confused and by default jump on the "racist" bandwagon. But either way, just take a few minutes out of your day and do a bit of searching into race crime, whites vs blacks. I can't explain it buddy, maybe you can come back and explain why blacks are 11 times as likely to commit crimes vs whites. Race % contribution towards unnatural deaths African 13,100 78.06 Coloured 1,730 10.31 Indian 325 1.94 White 1,627 9.69 TOTAL 16,782 100

  • Fawzia - 2012-01-04 15:43

    Murder by any name is still the same. Its murder.full stop.

      emile.eley - 2012-01-04 16:11

      Justice delayed is justice denied.

  • toibry - 2012-01-04 21:22

    Why do the nations rage and the people's plot in vain?

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