Show Trial is over - with the expected result:
Yes, a show trial. If it hadn't been the
case would have been thrown out because of cross-contamination. A
solitary hair strand and a drop of blood from the victim, conveniently
found by forensic scientists examining Dobson's jacket 18 years after
the killing of St. Stephen-theMartyr happened. This trial wasn't fair,
they were found guilty by the media before they even set foot in the
court. No doubt a hand-picked jury as well.
Let's hope they appeal this farcical verdict.
Lawrence trial - Dobson and Norris found guilty
Two men have been convicted of the racist
murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence - 18 years after the attack.
Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were found guilty by a jury at
the Old Bailey after a trial focused on forensic evidence seized in
Scientists found a tiny blood stain on Dobson's jacket that could only
have come from Mr Lawrence.
The original failed investigation led to the Metropolitan Police being
branded as institutionally racist.
Stephen Lawrence was 18 when he was stabbed to death near a bus stop in
Eltham, south London, in April 1993. Police identified five men who
were later named in a damning public inquiry as the "prime suspects".
18 YEARS ON: THE EVIDENCE
Tiny blood stain on Dobson's jacket
Scientists found DNA and matched it to Stephen
Clothing fibres matched victim's clothes
Single 2mm hair matched to teenager
By that time there had already been a catalogue of police errors and
two failed prosecutions, one brought by Stephen's parents, Doreen and
But in a four-year-long cold case review, a fresh team of forensic
scientists uncovered microscopic evidence linking the men to the murder
- evidence that the police had held all along.
The material - blood stains, clothing fibres and a single hair
belonging to the teenager - were recovered from the clothes of the
suspects which had been seized in 1993.
Scientists recovered the material using advanced techniques which were
not available to the original case scientists.
Dobson and Norris, who denied the murder, said their clothing had been
contaminated as police mixed up evidence down the years. Detectives
spent months establishing the movements and handling of the exhibits
since 1993 - and the jury were told that contamination was implausible.
Gary Dobson, jailed in 2010 for drugs trafficking, is among a small
number of men to have been tried twice for the same crime after the
Court of Appeal quashed his 1996 acquittal for the murder.
In an exclusive interview with the BBC's Panorama, Stephen's mother
Doreen Lawrence said: "I don't forgive the boys who killed Stephen.
They don't think they have done anything wrong.
"They took away Stephen's life and there is nothing in their behaviour
or anything to show they they regret what their actions have done and
the pain it has caused us as a family."
Acting Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who ordered the 2006 cold
case review that led to the convictions, said the case had been
extremely important for the Lawrence family, the Metropolitan Police
and society at large.
She said: "It has been a unique case in policing. Firstly the horrible,
horrible nature of the attack on the night. The time in which it has
taken to bring anybody to justice and the tireless campaigning of the
"There is no comparable case. All homicide cases are terrible, but for
us it is a very important case. Most importantly we wanted to be able
to bring people to justice for the killing and try to give Doreen and
Neville Lawrence and their family some sense of justice."
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