Racists convicted of killing Stephen Lawrence
It was a momentous moment as the racist killers of Black teenager Stephen Lawrence were today found guilty of his murder at the old Bailey in London. Racist thugs Gary Dobson, 36 and David Norris, 35 were led down to the cells at the Old Bailey following the guilty verdict delivered by the eight men and four women jury. The landmark ruling has not ruled out the possibility of other’s eventually facing trial.
Speaking outside the Old Bailey in central London, Doreen Lawrence was critical of the previous Scotland Yard investigation into Stephen’s Death in 1993, Doreen commented: “Had the police done their job properly, I would have spent the last 18 years grieving for my son rather than fighting to get his killers to court.”
In a statement read by his solicitors the victim’s father, Neville Lawrence, said he was “full of joy and relief that two of my son’s killers had been convicted.” Neville added that he didn’t think he would “be able to rest until they are all brought to justice”.
Stephen Lawrence’s friend Duwayne Brooks, who was with him when he was brutally killed, welcomed the verdicts, writing on Twitter: “Some JUSTICE at last.”
Speaking to Flyer News at Old Bailey, Leroy Logan from the Black Policeman’s Association commented: “We have supported the Lawrence’s throughout and gave evidence during the first trial. When the jury read their verdict I felt ‘elation’.
I can’t say I was necessarily expecting this result but we were encouraged by the judge’s reactions. Today’s result will bring some relief and part closure but we cannot be complaisant. Racism still exists but today’s result is definitely a step in the right direction.”
Matthew from Flyer added: “The Lawrence’s were cheered on as they left the old Bailey, taxi drivers honked their horns as news of the convictions spread. Although today’s news is just a stepping stone in the long fight for justice we should still applaud today’s result.
As with so many cases we are constantly dismayed at the lack of other African/Caribbean media organisations covering this event at the Old Bailey today. This momentous occasion affects us all and diversity in reporting sends a clear signal to others that as a culture we do care. Many organisations use Twitter or Facebook but for the family and friends of victims of injustice being there in person throughout the trial is something that the diverse press should prioritise not just for their readers but also on behalf of the victims and their families.”