TOP TRENDING

Stephen Lawrence's brother desperately calls for a "courageous" testimony


Stephen Lawrence's brother called on witnesses to his murder 27 years ago to come forward after Met Police announced they would end the investigation.

Stuart Lawrence spoke to Good Morning Britain today about the tragic loss his family suffered when Stephen was stabbed to death in a racist attack in Eltham in 1993.

Yesterday, Scotland Yard announced the case had been filed "inactive" – ​​eight years after Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of murder.

Mr. Lawrence told GMB, "Although we sentenced two people, there weren't just two people there that night."

Eltham MP Clive Efford, taking Scotland Yard's decision, said today: “Only the Met could make such a blatant, insensitive decision at this point, when there is so much controversy about the police's treatment of black people and the use of stop and search.

"The Met has not properly investigated Stephen's murder and as a result, they have not caught all of his killers.

"I would like to know what arrangements have been made to follow up on new information."

18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was killed by a group of racists in Eltham, southeast London, in 1993

Mr. Lawrence added, “If you know what happened, now is the time to speak up.

“In my eyes, this is the only way we can have true justice. If someone is brave enough to come forward and talk about what happened that fateful night and give us a deal, that's what we want as a family.

“You see movies reading story books about injustices happening and in the face of the day justice is done, even if that is not the best way to bring that person back.

“But it kind of closes the family.

"I know after that I'll get people on social media to say how to" just get over it ", but it's our life.

"I lost my brother, my mother lost her child, my father lost his child."

Police commissioner Cressida Dick, pictured with Baroness Lawrence in 2018, said the investigation into Stephen's murder is "under regular review".

Police commissioner Cressida Dick, pictured with Baroness Lawrence in 2018, said the investigation into Stephen's murder is "under regular review".

Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick announced that Scotland Yard had inactive yesterday modified the case and said the police would periodically review their investigations should further evidence emerge.

Mr Lawrence told GMB how retired detective Clive Driscoll saved a bag of evidence that was found to be of vital importance if not thrown away.

He said, “This evidence helped convict the first two people.

“I don't know where this other evidence is coming from in my head.

“It will depend on someone having the knowledge that what happened was a total injustice.

"The only way to see that right for us as a nation is to come out and tell the truth."

Stuart and Stephen's mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, received her title and was called to the House of Lords in 2013.

Speaking about GMB today, Lawrence suggested he could get into politics himself to fight racial inequality.

He said, “I recently pondered this political stance that some people now think of the BLM.

& # 39; This is my next thought, does it need to be politicized? Do we have to form a party political base?

"All I can tell people is to keep supporting it, supporting different platforms and reaching people because when I fill the momentum of the force behind me I will probably feel the need that I can amplify. "

Investigations into alleged police corruption related to the Stephen Lawrence case are ongoing.

Mr. Lawrence said today, “If these people who were in charge of protecting people didn't do their jobs right, are now retired and on police pensions, are they still harboring these lies and falsehoods, where is it? Justice in it?

"Why is this allowed, why are we funding these people and allowing them not to tell the truth?"

In February 1997, the Daily Mail took the unprecedented move of naming the five suspects – Gary Dobson, David Norris, and three others – as Stephen's killers.

Under the heading "Murderers" on the front page, we asked the gang to sue. But they never did, and former Labor Home Secretary Jack Straw has since stated that the front page of the Mail and the subsequent "Justice for Stephen" campaign played a crucial role in his decision to open Macpherson's public inquiry to initiate the botched treatment of the case, which served as the trademark of the Met "institutionally racist".

In February 1997, the Daily Mail took the unprecedented move of naming the five suspects - Gary Dobson, David Norris, and three others - as Stephen's killers. Pictured: the front page of the Daily Mail from February 14, 1997

In February 1997, the Daily Mail took the unprecedented move of naming the five suspects – Gary Dobson, David Norris, and three others – as Stephen's killers. Pictured: the front page of the Daily Mail from February 14, 1997

Gary Dobson

David Norris

Gary Dobson (left) and David Norris (right) were imprisoned for life at the Old Bailey in January 2012 after a trial based on tiny traces of forensic evidence found years after the crime

Very sad: the Baroness Lawrence pictured spoke of her disappointment

Neil Lawrence, Stephen's father, said, "The case is not closed for me."

Stephen's parents, Baroness Lawrence and Neil Lawrence, have expressed disappointment with Scotland Yard's decision

What happened to the five men identified by the Daily Mail as the murderers of Stephen Lawrence?

GARY DOBSON (convicted)

Gary Dobson was a teenage gang member who became a drug dealer behind bars on trial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

As a teenage racist, he was trapped in a movie in which he made hateful remarks about black people. He was arrested and charged with Stephen's murder while in custody in 2010.

His previous acquittal for Stephen's murder was overturned by the appeals court, allowing him to be tried a second time.

He was forced to admit his racist views in 1994 when he was secretly taped making heinous comments to friends on a camera planted in the baseboard of his council house.

Two years earlier, in November 1992, Kevin London, then a 16-year-old black youth, was confronted with a gang of white youth and alleged that Dobson had threatened him with a knife, even though a full report was not given to police.

DAVID NORRIS (convicted)

David Norris is a convicted racist and son of notorious South London gangster Clifford Norris.

He was known on the streets of Eltham when Stephen was killed and dealt with the law.

Within 24 hours of Stephen's murder, he was identified in two anonymous notes given to police and an informant who spoke to detectives as a member of a knife-wielding gang.

A year earlier, Norris had been charged with wounding after allegedly participating in an attack on two brothers in which one was stabbed with a knife. The charges were dropped in January 1993, three months before Stephen's murder.

On March 18, he was accused of stabbing 20 year old Stacey Benefield with a miniature sword during a fight in Kidbrooke, south London.

But Norris was released from involvement after a lawsuit after allegations there had been contact between a juror and a Norris related minder.

NEIL ACOURT (not convicted)

Knife-possessed thug who never provided a satisfactory alibi for his movements on the night of Stephen's murder.

He claims he was home all night, but the police don't believe his story. His name was linked to Stephen's murder by a number of informants in the days following the murder.

When officers raided his home just minutes from the scene, they found a terrible arsenal of knives. In the mid-1990s it was routine for him to wear blades while out and about in Eltham.

In 2001 he was convicted of possessing an assault weapon, a truncheon, which he needed to protect against revenge attacks. The next year, he and David Norris were sentenced to 18 months in prison for a racist attack on an off duty black detective.

JAMIE ACOURT (not convicted)

Along with his older brother, he reveled in the notoriety of being the other half of Eltham's version of the Krays. He, too, was obsessed with knives.

Like his brother, police informants referred to him as one of the murderers. His account of the night Stephen died does not fit his brother's story.

In a television interview, he said he couldn't remember hearing about Stephen's death until he saw him on TV the next day. But Neil said on the same program that someone came to the door to inform him of a local sting.

Of great interest to the police is the fact that Gary Dobson admitted going home to the Acourts about an hour after Stephen's murder, allegedly to borrow a Bob Marley CD. Police believe they met to make their stories clear.

Detectives were unable to collect forensic evidence linking him to the murder, and he was not clearly identified by witnesses.

Luke Knight (not convicted)

Luke Knight has always kept his innocence while the police suspect that a "sixth man" may have been part of the gang

Although police informants claimed he was one of the gangs, he always kept his innocence.

He was charged with murder along with Neil Acourt in 1993, but the case was dropped within weeks because of doubts about the evidence. In the 1996 private prosecution, he was officially acquitted of murder.

He wasn't at the dock with Norris and Dobson because of the lack of credible identification, confession, and forensic science linking him to the murder. Because of the dual hazard laws, it would take the police a big break to catch him.

18-year-old Stephen was murdered by a group of racists while waiting for a bus in Eltham, southeast London, in April 1993.

Five men were named as his killers by the Daily Mail in February 1997, but it was not until January 2012 that two members of the group were convicted of murder.

Gary Dobson and David Norris were incarcerated at the Old Bailey for life after a trial based on tiny traces of forensic evidence found years after the crime.

Two of the three remaining former suspects, brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt, have since been jailed for drug trafficking while Luke Knight has remained free.

The original investigation failed to convict those responsible, and Stephen's parents Baroness Lawrence and her ex-husband Neville's campaign for justice led to a public inquiry found the Metropolitan Police to be institutionally racist.

In a statement released yesterday, Stephen's father, Neville, said: “I was hoping that the conviction of two of the killers in 2012 would result in new evidence emerging and the other suspects being prosecuted.

“Unfortunately, this did not happen, and for the past few years I have had to come to terms with the reality that some of Stephen's killers may never be tried for what they did.

Stephen died 27 years ago in a senseless murder of racists. The tragedy for us was exacerbated by the initial police reaction and investigation marked by racism and incompetence. The failure of the police meant that we as a family had to face a system and deal with the grief of losing our son.

'With today's announcement that the investigation has become inactive, I am aware that the case can never be closed for me. I will always live with the hope that someone will produce evidence that will enable us to do Stephen full justice – by bringing about the prosecution of the others responsible for his murder.

“I do not regret our struggle for justice, although at times the burden has felt too heavy for a family to carry. In fact, I am very proud of everything that has been achieved along this path.

“Without the campaign, we would not have been where we are today. I particularly take note of the support I have received over the years from families who have suffered from what I have, particularly the Richard Adams family who supported me during my darkest hours. This experience compelled me to support others affected by the tragedy of the loss of a child. & # 39;

Stephen's mother Baroness Doreen Lawrence said: “I am truly disappointed that the others who were equally responsible for the racist killing of my son may not be brought to justice.

& # 39; I am very sad that a line has now been drawn in the investigation and that it is now in a & # 39; inactive 'phase is located.

Nonetheless, I would urge anyone with information that could help me convict all of Stephen's killers to come forward.

“It is never too late to give a mother justice for the murder of her son.

"While the city police gave up, I never will."

When the force announced two years ago that they were mothballing the investigation and unlikely to move forward without new information, Doreen Lawrence said they wanted the probe to be closed.

Neville Lawrence said, however, that he hoped the family could get "total justice" and that he would never give up.

Police said they have made 240 testimonies related to Stephen's murder since 2014.

Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “This was a horrific racial murder and I am sad that we have not received any further convictions for Stephen, his family and friends. Myself and Senior Investigator Chris Le Pere met with Baroness Lawrence and Mr. Lawrence and detailed the work of the team and the reasons we are now at this stage.

"The investigation has now entered an 'inactive' phase, but I gave Stephen's family an assurance that we will continue to investigate any new information that may come to light.

"The investigation into Stephen's murder is also regularly reviewed for further investigative opportunities that may arise, for example, due to technological advances."

She added: "As a result of Stephen's parents' relentless campaign for justice, profound changes have occurred in the police force, law and society at large. I recognize them for their courage and achievements.

"And today my thoughts are with you and all of Stephen's loved ones."

She added that the company had informed Duwayne Brooks, who was with Stephen the night he was killed, of their decision.

Knight, shirtless and in pink shorts, declined to comment when approached today by a reporter in his parents' row house on an Eltham estate.

He slammed the door when asked how he felt when the Stephen Lawrence case was put into an "inactive phase" and then someone in the house was heard saying "f *** off you c ***" call.

The original investigation into Stephen's death was hampered by incompetence, racism and allegations of police corruption surrounding Norris' father Clifford and his connections to the criminal underworld.

In April 1994, prosecutors announced that there was insufficient evidence to support a prosecution, and in September that year, Mr. Lawrence's parents tried unsuccessfully to initiate their own private prosecutions against Dobson, Knight and Neil Acourt.

Five years later, the Macpherson Report, produced following a public inquiry into the case, found the Metropolitan Police guilty of institutional racism and made a number of recommendations on changes to policing and public order.

Investigations into the case are ongoing today, including an investigation by the National Crime Agency and the Independent Office for Police Conduct into alleged corruption.

The case will also inform part of the public covert policing investigation scheduled to begin next year after it was revealed in 2013 that a police mole infiltrated a campaign group supporting the Lawrence family's fight for justice.

Stuart Lawrence said today, “When these people who were in office and supposed to protect people have not done their jobs right, are now retired and on police pensions, they are still harboring these lies and falsehoods where the justice is in ?

"Why is this allowed, why are we funding these people and allowing them not to tell the truth?"

Over 27 agonizing years: How the story developed

April 22, 1993: Stephen Lawrence is stabbed to death while waiting at a bus stop in Eltham, south east London.

May-June 1993: Neil Acourt, Jamie Acourt, Gary Dobson, Luke Knight and David Norris are arrested in connection with his murder.

July 1993: Crown Prosecution Service is officially ending law enforcement.

December 1993: Southwark Coroner Sir Montague Levine halts an investigation into Mr. Lawrence's death after family attorney Michael Mansfield QC said there was new evidence in the case.

April 1994: The CPS says the new evidence is insufficient to support murder charges.

September 1994: The Lawrence family begins a private prosecution against Neil Acourt, Mr. Knight, and Dobson.

December 1994: Secret video evidence is being filmed showing Dobson and Norris making obscene racist remarks.

April 1996: Private law enforcement against Neil Acourt, Mr. Knight and Dobson begins at the Old Bailey, but collapses after identification documents are ruled inappropriately. The three are acquitted.

F.February 1997: An investigative jury found that Stephen was "illegally killed by five white youths". A cover story with pictures of the suspects is published in the Daily Mail under the heading "Murderers".

DECEMBER 1997: A Police Complaints Authority report of the original police investigation into Stephen's murder identified "significant weaknesses, omissions and missed opportunities".

February 1999: The Macpherson Report finds that the police have committed mistakes and "institutional racism". He also suggested a reconsideration of the principle of "double hazard laws".

April 1999: The five people arrested in 1993 deny participation in a television interview.

September 2002: Norris and Neil Acourt are sentenced to 18 months in prison for a racist attack on off-duty police officer Gareth Reid.

May 2004: The CPS announces that there is "not enough evidence" to persecute someone for murder.

April 2005: Double exposure will be eliminated when new evidence is available.

May 2011: The appeals court agrees Dobson's 1996 acquittal for murder can be overturned.

From the Daily Mail of March 7, 2014

From the Daily Mail of March 7, 2014

November 2011: The trial of Dobson and Norris for Stephen's murder begins.

J.January 2012: Dobson and Norris are found guilty of murder at Old Bailey.

March 2013: A review by Mark Ellison QC revealed that a Met spy was working at the Lawrence Family Camp as part of an inquest into matters relating to his death.

March 2015: The then Home Secretary Theresa May is opening an investigation into covert policing following the Ellison investigation report.

October 2015: The National Crime Agency announces that the Met is being investigated for alleged corruption in their initial handling of the case.

April 2018: Scotland Yard admits that there are no new lines of investigation into the investigation into Stephen's murder.

April 2019: Then Prime Minister Theresa May marks the first Stephen Lawrence Day.

YESTERDAY: The Met announces that there are no further lines of investigation in the murder probe.

. (tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) messages