1993, 18 year old Stephen Lawrence was waiting
at a bus stop in Eltham, South London when he was
attacked by a gang of youths, they stabbed him to death.
Eyewitness claimed it was an unprovoked attack.
1993, Charges against two youths, are dropped. The
Crown Prosecution Service says there is insufficient
evidence to continue.
The Lawrence family launch a private prosecution against
the initial two suspects and three others. The charges
against the original two suspects were dropped before
the trial due to lack of evidence
Private prosecution collapses. Identification evidence
ruled inadmissible by the judge, leading to acquittal of
the other three suspects.
February 1997, Coroners court concludes that
Lawrence's death was an "unlawful killing".
Police Complaints Authority (PCA) announces it will
carry out an investigation into the way the case had
1997, Police Complaints Authority (PCA)
publish report, it concludes there was no racist
conduct, but confirms there were weaknesses and
omissions in the investigation. The Report is handed to
the Public Enquiry.
1998 Public hearings in the Stephen Lawrence
1998, Inquiry finishes hearing evidence . Mrs
Lawrence calls for Chief of the Metropolitan Police, Sir
Paul Condon to resign.
A senior Crown
Prosecution Service lawyer accuses the Lawrence's of
wrecking future prospects of their son's killers being
brought to justice
1999, The Report of the public enquiry is published
it has over 70 recommendations, surrounding
investigative techniques and police protocol, virtually
nothing about the Stephen Lawrence murder.
2011, The CPS announced that one of the
original suspects, and another man, are to stand trial
for the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
November 2011, A trial starts at the Old Bailey in
London, Two men stand accused of the murder of Stephen
Lawrence. Gary Dobson , aged 36 and David Norris
aged 35, both deny all charges against them. The first day is spent in selecting a jury. And
legal directions from the judge.
16th November 2011, Eyewitness Royston Westbrook
took the stand, he claimed Stephen and his friend were
chatting about football when a gang of "White Youths"
attacked them, the whole thing lasted less than ten
The trial is
based mainly on forensic evidence a hair belonging to
Stephen Lawrence was found on a pair of Norris; jeans,
and a tiny bloodstain was found on Dobson's jacket
27th December 2011, The judge starts his summing up.
Mr Justice Treacy said "emotion such as sympathy for the
Lawrence family has no part to play".
"Equally, anger at the nature of the attack on Stephen
Lawrence cannot guide your decision," he said.
December 2011, The jury retires to consider verdict.
They will have a break over the New Year holiday.
January 2012, 2:40pm Gary Dobson and David
Norris are found guilty of
Stephen Lawrence. The jury considered the verdict
for only eight and a half hours in total.
verdict was announced Dobson shouted at the Jury, "You
have convicted an innocent man today, l hope you can
live with that". Norri, with a smile, waved at
the public gallery !
4th January 2012, Sentenced as juveniles because
they were under 18 at the time of the attack, Both
men given life sentences,
serve a minimum of 15 years and two months and Norris
must serve a minimum of 14 years and three months.
Treacy, said the crime was committed for no other reason
than racial hatred.
The judge added the resulting sentences were lower than
some would expect "but I am constrained by Parliament".
January 2012, Confirmed that Norris and Dobson are
to appeal against their conviction.
has said that the appeal will be on the grounds that
about two thirds of the way through the trial what had
been a scientific case became a case about a
that the attorney General is to review the sentences
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