Race & Society

Stephen Lawrence murder : Dobson and Norris found guilty

Two men have been convicted of the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, 18 years after he was stabbed to death near a south London bus stop. Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty by an Old Bailey jury after a trial based on forensic evidence. Scientists found a tiny blood stain on Dobson’s jacket that could only have come from Mr Lawrence. As he was led away, Dobson told the jury they had condemned an “innocent man”. Sentencing will be on Wednesday.

Stephen Lawrence murder trial: jurors told to ‘start case with clean slate’

Potential jurors in the trial of two men for the murder 18 years ago of the teenager Stephen Lawrence were warned on Monday they must start with a “clean slate” when trying such a “notorious” case. As the defendants, Gary Dobson and David Norris, sat in the glass-fronted dock of court 16 of the Central Criminal Court in the City of London flanked by prison guards, Mr Justice Treacy addressed a panel of potential jurors with a swift resume of the killing and its aftermath, which he said, had attracted much publicity and public comment over many years.

Testing Body Camera

FIT Watch: watching the watchers

The Metropolitan police’s forward intelligence teams (Fits) have been around for more than a decade, and senior officers say they are a vital tool in keeping tabs on protesters. Amateur spies who oppose police surveillance are a more recent feature at demonstrations.

Stephen Lawrence pair face murder trial

Two men are to stand trial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Gary Dobson, 35, and David Norris, 34, are accused of killing the black teenager at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993. Nobody has been convicted of the crime but a small team of Scotland Yard detectives has continued to investigate the 18-year-old’s death.

New Cross Fire: 30th year anniversary

18th January 2011 will mark 30 years since the controversial fire that claimed many lives and left many questioning the quality of the police investigation into the deaths. There are those that say it was an accident and others, a deliberate racist attack the authorities couldn’t be bothered to investigate!