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Stephen Lawrence murder: Close links between racist thugs

Issue No. 2285

On the night of the murder, while the police were at the scene, a red Vauxhall Astra drove past. It was full of white youths laughing and jeering. It came back a few minutes later.

The police did nothing.

The driver of the car was Daniel Copley. He was eventually convicted of attacking Rolan Adams.

Sitting beside him was Kieran Highland. According to evidence at the Macpherson inquiry, Highland was a “leading light” in the NTOs—the Nazi Turn Out, a racist gang in Eltham.

Another man in the car was Jason Goatley, also later convicted for the attack on Rolan Adams.

Bradley and Scott Lamb were both named as suspects according to Macpherson. They were half-brothers of the Acourts and lived at the Acourts’ house. Scott told police he returned to the house at 11pm on the night of the murder. Bradley was never interviewed by police.

Blue Stuart is described by Macpherson as “both a relative and associate of the Acourts”. He was named as a suspect by an informant to a police officer.

Danny Caetano and Charlie Martin both featured heavily in the covert police film in Dobson’s flat in December 1994.

Martin shared the flat with Dobson where the bug was planted. Caetano was serving a sentence for another stabbing when Stephen was killed.

Both men were convicted of trying to “skin a rival alive” at a caravan park in Rochester. Martin received eight years for attempted murder and Caetano was sentenced to four years.

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