22 April 1993
A gang of racists stabs Stephen Lawrence while he is waiting for a bus in Eltham, south east London. He later dies in hospital.
Five men are arrested in connection with the murder, including Neil Acourt, Gary Dobson, Luke Knight and David Norris.
29 July 1993
Acourt and Knight are charged, but the case is dropped.
Racist rants by members of the gang are recorded in Gary Dobson’s flat.
A private prosecution of Neil Acourt, Knight and Dobson collapses.
13 February 1997
The jury at Stephen Lawrence’s long-delayed inquest finds he was “unlawfully killed by five white youths”.
Labour government elected.
Home secretary Jack Straw announces a judicial inquiry into the case.
Macpherson inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence begins
1 October 1998
Met Police commissioner Sir Paul Condon apologises but denies the force is institutionally racist.
The Macpherson Report is published. It accuses the police of “institutional racism”.
Dobson’s parents are arrested over allegations that they lied to the police, but they are not charged.
David Norris and Neil Acourt are jailed for a racist attack on an off-duty black police officer.
The Crown Prosecution Service rules out a second attempt at a trial, saying there is “insufficient evidence”
Police launch the Stephen Lawrence murder review, with 32 officers re-examining evidence. Forensic evidence is reviewed.
Tests find Stephen Lawrence’s blood on clothes belonging to Gary Dobson.
Gary Dobson and David Norris are arrested and charged with murder.
Their trial begins at the Old Bailey.
3 January 2012
Both men are convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.