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UK: racist murderers sentenced after 18 years


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UK: racist murderers sentenced after 18 years

Two men have been jailed in the UK for the killing of black teenager Stephen Lawrence more than 18 years ago.

Lawrence, aged 18, was stabbed to death at a bus stop in an unprovoked attack in 1993.

Gary Dobson will have to serve a minimum of 15 years and two months while David Norris was sentenced to at least 14 years and three months.

They were convicted after a second trial that hinged on new scientific evidence.

After a long search for justice, Lawrence’s mother said she felt relieved by the verdict but angry at the way the original investigation was carried out.

It became a landmark case after a judicial inquiry exposed institutional racism in London’s police and deep-rooted failings in the initial investigation.

The Metropolitan Police has since reformed its policies.

The families of Dobson and Morris have said they will prove their innocence.

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