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Stephen Lawrence killer Gary Dobson drops appeal

Issue No. 2345

One of the murderers of Stephen Lawrence has finally given up claiming he is innocent.

Gary Dobson abandoned his appeal against his conviction for murdering the black teenager in 1993.

David Norris, the second murderer jailed last year, is continuing his appeal.

Stephen’s mother Doreen said, “It took me and my family almost 20 years to get justice for my son Stephen when Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of the murder in January 2012.

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“In those years I had put my grieving on hold and had to struggle against police racism. It would have been a great comfort to me and my family if Gary Dobson or his accomplices had admitted what they had done.

“Now that Gary Dobson has dropped his appeal I can only assume it is because he has finally admitted he murdered Stephen.”

After both were found guilty in January last year, Dobson was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years and two months, while Norris was given a minimum of 14 years and three months.

In 1994, Stephen’s family brought a failed private prosecution against Dobson and Norris, along with brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt and Luke Knight.

There is speculation that Dobson will now become a police informer. But the record of informers in the case is poor. 

Detective Sergeant John Davidson interviewed key suspects and witnesses within days of the stabbing. He was a “major player” in a ring of bent cops in the area.

Davidson had corrupt relations with informants and he himself dealt drugs. 

He denies the claims, never faced criminal charges and was allowed to retire on health grounds.

Drug smuggler Clifford Norris was paying Davidson. Clifford is the father of one of the convicted murderers, David Norris.

The Lawrence family has long said that corruption played a part in the Met’s failure to catch Stephen’s murderers. 

There have been numerous Met internal inquiries. 

The Macpherson Inquiry in 1999 found that Scotland Yard was “institutionally racist” but said that there was no evidence of corruption.

However Dr Richard Stone, an adviser to the judge who produced the Macpherson report, claims the Home Office tried to undermine the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.

Stone said, “The conclusion of a number of oddities that arose from decisions by the Home Office was that there was something going on, which undermined the authority of the inquiry. 

“You come to the conclusion that all the other excuses are invalid and there is only one thing left, and that is the corruption or the racism or whatever it is behind it all.”


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Thu 21 Mar 2013, 15:42 GMT
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