Dobson and Norris Sentenced 18 years after Lawrence Murder
Earlier this week, 36-year-old Gary Dobson and 35-year-old David Norris were found guilty of murdering Stephen Lawrence, a black teen, 18 years ago. Today the pair were given life sentences, but since they were juveniles at the time of the racist London bus stop stabbing, their minimum sentences were under the usual adult level.
Judge Colman Treacy delivered the sentences at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, branding the stabbing a “terrible and evil crime”. He said that there was no other reasons for the crime than racial hatred. A completely innocent 18-year-old with a promising life was barbarically cut down in the street by a racist gang in front of witnesses.
Judge Treacy added that Dobson and Norris were part of the gang, and he has not doubt that they fully agreed with its attitudes and views. The pair also haven’t expressed any regret or remorse, while they had continuously lied to police.
Dobson will now serve at least 15 years and two months, and Norris will serve at least 14 years and three months. However, the court has also heard that at least three others involved in the racist murder are still at large.
Neville Lawrence, the father of the victim, said following the hearing that the sentencing is only one step in a long journey. He hopes that the other gang members involved will be brought to justice as well.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe vowed just before the sentencing to make renewed attempts to catch the others responsible. He said they shouldn’t rest easily, as the case is still being investigated. They are actively reviewing the conviction’s consequences and what opportunities it may give them for the future.