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Doreen Lawrence: 'The judge’s hands were tied'

THANKFUL: Doreen Lawrence

DOREEN LAWRENCE has praised the judge who handed down the sentences to her son’s killers at the Old Bailey today.

Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were sentenced to 15 years and 14 years respectively, for the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

Standing outside the Old Bailey soon after Mr Justice Treacy jailed the pair for a total of 29 years, Doreen addressed the press who had gathered outside.

She said: “I think how the judge started off the statement today I was really pleased about that. He recognised the stress we had gone through in the past 18 years and also he recognised the men who were involved in Stephen’s murder and what they’ve done there is no hiding behind their ages.”

The sentences were handed down to the pair in accordance with their age - aged 17 and 16 respectively - and maturity, at time of murder.

Doreen continued: “The sentences that happened it may be low but at the same time the judges hand were tied and for that he did as much as he could do and for that I am very grateful.

“It’s a beginning of starting a new life because we have been in limbo for so long so today is where we can look to start moving on just try and take control of my life once more,” she added.

However, not everyone shared her sentiments.

MP Dianne Abbott hit out at the sentencing on Twitter, writing:

“Norris and Dobson sentenced. Neither sentence as long as the 18 years they spent dodging justice & nothing will bring Stephen back.”

The stabbing of the 18-year-old A-level student at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993 prompted a public inquiry into the way the Metropolitan Police deal with racist crime.

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