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David Norris and Gary Dobson (left and right) have been ordered to serve minimum sentences of 15 and 14 years respectively for the ‘terrible and evil’ murder of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
They were convicted of the racist murder of the 18-year old yesterday, see HERE.
You can read Felicitiy Gerry HERE.
‘It is always better to reach a proper verdict on the evidence once and, where possible, close to the time of the offence but retrial on acquittal is a legal (not a political) tool available where new evidence becomes available and to correct mistakes in very serious cases. Despite the reservations this new law of double jeopardy has created, most agree that it was used to success in Stephen Lawrence’s case and one hopes that such a legacy is some small comfort for his family.’
Mr Justice Treacy, giving sentencing remarks this morning, quoted the Lord Chief Justice describing the brutal attack which took place in April 1993 as ‘a murder which scarred the conscience of the nation’.
Mr Justice Treacy’s said:
You can read the remarks in full HERE.