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Trial starts in high-profile London murder case

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Trial starts in high-profile London murder case


It was a landmark case, which led to police in London being branded racist.

The family of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence has been in court to see two men go on trial accused of the 18-year-old’s killing.

Stephen was stabbed to death in 1993, in an unprovoked attack by a gang of white youths in the capital.

David Norris, 35, and Gary Dobson, 36, are charged with killing him. Both deny murder.

Dobson was cleared of murder at a trial in 1996, that acquittal was later quashed and he is now back on trial again.

Stephen Lawrence’s death and the police’s handling of the investigation led to an outpouring of anger and a judge-led inquiry.

It accused London’s police force of “institutional racism,” professional incompetence and a failure of leadership.

The trial starting at London’s Old Bailey court is expected to run into the new year.

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