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Stephen Lawrence conviction: Doreen's reaction

TRIAL: Stephen Lawrence trial - Doreen's reaction

DOREEN AND Neville Lawrence have campaigned for almost 19 years to get
justice but they say police who got their son’s killers jailed must
not use his name to rest on their laurels.

“Had the police done their job properly I will have spent the last 18
years grieving for my son rather than fighting to get his killers to
court,” said Doreen.

She added: “This verdict will not bring my son back.”

Lawrence, 18, was stabbed in a racist gang attack in Eltham, south
east London in April 1993.

The tragedy sparked the divorce of Doreen and Neville.

A trial of suspects Gary Dobson, Luke Knight, Neil and Jamie Acourt
and David Norris in 1994 resulted in them being acquitted. But a new
case began after a private prosecution brought in 1996 by the parents
of the talented 18-year-old, who dreamed of becoming an architect.

Dobson, 36, and Norris, 35, denied murder claiming in their defence
that the forensic evidence against them was contaminated because it
had passed through so many different hands over the years.

In a statement outside the court, Doreen blamed the police for the way
they at first bungled the murder investigation. She asked: “How can I
celebrated when I know this day could have come 18 years ago if the
police who were meant to find my son’s killer felt so miserable to do
so?”

“Two of my sons killers have finally been caught and brought to
justice." She said she was relieved “because these racist men can no
longer think that they can murder a black man and get away with it.”

She said she was relieved that despite the defence being able to raise
issues of contamination the jury saw through it. "To some extent I can
move forward with my life." But: "These are not reasons to celebrate.
Racist attacks are still happening. My son lies buried. I cannot see
him or speak to him. When I cannot see him or speak to him. When will
I see him grow up and go to university or get married or have
children? These verdicts will not bring my son back."

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