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Stephen Lawrence killers refused appeal

SHUT DOWN: Gary Dobson and David Norris to appeal guilty convictions

THE SENTENCES handed down to Gary Dobson and David Norris for the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence will not be reviewed, it has emerged today.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve has reportedly said that the case will not be referred to the Court of Appeal on grounds that the terms are 'within the appropriate range of sentences'.

The news comes a day after a lawyer for Norris, 35, announced that he planned to appeal his guilty conviction.

It was also thought that Dobson, 36, who was also jailed for the racist murder in 1993, also wanted to appeal his 15-year sentence.

Norris’ lawyer argued that the use of surveillance video in the trial, which showed the pair using violent racist language, was 'unfair.'

He said its use in the case overshadowed the forensic evidence for which the case should have been based.

Dobson and Norris were found guilty on January 3, following a two- month trial and were subsequently jailed for a minimum of 15 years and two months and 14 years and 3 months, respectively.

Stephen Lawrence, 18, was stabbed at a bus stop in Eltham, south east London, on April 22 1993 by a gang of white youths on his way home with friend, Duwayne Brooks.

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