Stephen Lawrence Chislehurst defendant David Norris racist tirade

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 December 2011

Victim Stephen Lawrence

Victim Stephen Lawrence


One of the men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence today apologised to a jury for having to listen to a racist tirade he made on police surveillance tape.

David Norris, 35, formerly of Berryfield Road, Chislehurst said he was “ashamed” of comments he made in 1994 when he said he would torture black people.

Today he told a jury at the Old Bailey: “I apologise for what you’ve had to listen to in the courtroom.”

Extracts of surveillance footage shot at co-defendant Gary Dobson’s flat in Eltham, were again played in court.

In one of the clips, Norris is heard saying: “If I was going to kill myself do you know what I would do? I would go and kill every black c***, every Paki, every copper, every mug that I know, I’m telling you.”

Later he said: “I would go down Catford and places like that, I am telling you now, with two sub machine guns, and I am telling you I would take one of them, skin the black c*** alive mate, torture him, set him alight... I would blow their two arms and legs off and say ‘go on, you can swim home now’. They would be bobbing around like that.”

Today Norris told the jury that he was angry after being accused of Mr Lawrence’s murder and would never stage such an attack.

“I wouldn’t dream of doing something like that, I was just angry, I was suffering from all sorts of stuff,” he said.

Norris went on: “I got accused of a murder, a terrible murder, and I was angry, especially with the police force... I’m not saying I’m perfect. I’m far from perfect, but to accuse me of murder. I was angry, very angry.”

Before the clip was shown, he said: “I don’t like to watch it to be honest with you, I’m ashamed.”

Norris told the court that people would swear at him and threaten him after he was accused of the killing.

He said: “I had to see my mum cry herself to sleep every night and it broke my heart.”

Norris and Dobson, 36, both deny murder. The case continues.

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