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A father’s wish

THE FATHER of murdered teen Stephen Lawrence has spoken of his wish for the other men allegedly involved in his son’s killing to also be brought to justice.

Speaking outside the Old Bailey, where two men were sentenced to a total of 29 years for the 1993 murder, Neville Lawrence said that his “greatest hope is that these people now realise that they have now been found out”

He continued: “[I hope] now [that they are] going to lay down in their beds and think that they were not the only ones responsible for the death of my son and they are going to give up the other rest of the people so that I am going to come out here in a years time and talk to you people again.”

Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were sentenced to 15 years and 14 years respectively, for the racist murder of the black teenager at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London.

Throughout the case, the court heard that Stephen had been "swallowed up" by a gang of white men in a racially-motivated attack.

They were told Stephen was stabbed twice in the upper torso, once in the chest and once in the shoulder. After he was stabbed and the gang fled, Stephen continued to run in fear for his life.
A few hundred yards from where he was first stabbed, Stephen collapsed and a significant amount of blood was found there. Hardly any blood was found at the scene of the initial attack, jurors were told.

“I want to thank the judge and the jury, all the teams that have been responsible for this case from the bottom of my heart. And all the general people who have supported this case over the years, thank you very much.”

“It’s been a long, long journey,” he added.

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