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Chislehurst’s David Norris 14-years for Stephen Lawrence murder

PUBLISHED: 15:53 04 January 2012 | UPDATED: 15:54 04 January 2012

David Norris

David Norris

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Two of Stephen Lawrence’s racist murderers were finally brought to justice today after 18 years.

David Norris, 35, formerly of Berryfield Close, Chislehurst was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years and three months for the fatal stabbing of the 18-year-old at the Old Bailey.

His co-murderer Gary Dobson, standing with him in the dock, was given a minimum of 15 years and two months.

Mr Justice Treacy said the racist element and lack of remorse of both men, who both repeatedly denied being in Well Hall Road, Eltham on the night of April 22 1993, meant their sentence were longer and said they had ‘lied to the court’.

The trial relied solely on new forensic evidence which included a blood spot found on Dobson’s jacket that scientists believe is the smallest forensic sample on which a criminal prosecution has ever been led.

Speaking yesterday, as his son’s killers were convicted, Neville Lawrence said he was conscious that only two of the killers had been convicted.

Stephen was attacked by a gang of up to six youths.

Police say they are hopeful of more prosecutions but that they need further evidence from members of the public.

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