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UK: racist murderers sentenced after 18 years

UK: racist murderers sentenced after 18 years
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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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