Two men go on trial this week over the 1993 murder of London teenager Stephen Lawrence. Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, both deny any involvement in the murder, which took place when they were both also teenagers.
Stephen Lawrence and a friend, Duwayne Brooks, were waiting for a bus in Eltham, south-east London on April 22nd 1993 when they were attacked by a gang of youths. In the ensuing fracas, Stephen Lawrence was fatally stabbed. The case is one of Britain’s most high-profile unsolved murders, and marked a turning point in Britain regarding racially-motivated killings.
The case begins on Monday with jury selection, and both prosectution and defence lawyers are reportedly planning to make submissions without the jury being present. The case is expected to last until December at least, if not into the new year.