Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, have been found guilty of involvement in the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence. But the fact that it has taken 18 years to secure a conviction in the case means that there remain questions about how the police handled one of the most high-profile killings in recent British history.
Stephen Lawrence, 18, was murdered on 22 April 1993 while he waited for a bus with a friend in Eltham, south-east London. Back in November that friend, Duwayne Brooks, told the jury of the final moments of Stephen Lawrence’s life as the dying teenager struggled to run away while blood streamed from his injuries.
Gary Dobson and David Norris were part of a group of five white men who were accused of alleged involvement a number of years ago. But new DNA evidence was used in the trial. The defendants claimed that contamination of evidence was responsible for the findings against them.