Yesterday, Parlour reported the story of a young man named Stephen Lawrence murdered in 1993 and his killers, Gary Dobson and David Norris, were brought back to court this week. The pair were found guilty of murder. Dobson and Norris were sentenced to 15 and 14 years behind bars respectively for their crime of fatally stabbing Lawrence on a lonely British street, according to The Guardian.
After calling their actions a “terrible, evil crime” the presiding Judge Treacy said “a totally innocent 18-year-old youth on the threshold of a promising life was brutally cut down in the street … by a racist, thuggish gang. You were both members of that gang. I have no doubt that you fully subscribed to its views and attitudes.”
“You are now 36,” the judge told Dobson. “At 17 years and 10 months you were very nearly 18 when you murdered Stephen Lawrence.”
As a result, British law mandates the pair be sentenced according to their age when they committed the crime instead of as adults, which the two are now. Here’s the breakdown:
“The judge said under rules at the time of the killing in 1993 he must sentence both men as juveniles to be detained at her majesty’s pleasure with recommended minimum life terms.
Under the current law, which is encompassed in the Criminal Justice Act 2003, if the crime had been committed today, both men could have expected to receive a minimum term of 25 years as juveniles committing a racist knife murder.”
While the Lawrence family received justice today, our London writer let me know that Lawrence was actually attacked by a gang of men called the Acourts but only Dobson and Norris have been convicted. So, the case trudges on. Check out more information on Lawrence-Acourts case by watching an ITV interview Martin Bashir did with the Acourt gang in 1999, featuring Dobson and Norris and the rumored gang leader Jaime Acourt. Even the local South East police were in on the suppression of the case, waiting two weeks to arrest anyone for the murder which let the evidence fade away.