News: Sentencing in Stephen Lawrence case due later today

The two men found guilty of murdering Stephen Lawrence will be sentenced later today after the culmination of an 18-year battle for justice.

In 1993, 18 year old Stephen Lawrence was fatally stabbed at a bus stop in Eltham, London, in a racially motivated attack.

Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were found guilty yesterday following a six-week trial that hinged crucially on new evidence brought forward by the prosecution.

Prosecutors presented forensic evidence that showed hair, tiny droplets of blood and minute textile fibres from clothes all belonging to Stephen Lawrence, had been found on the clothes of the two defendants.

Police surveillance tapes were also shown to the jury; one showing both defendants in a house with friends, one of them wielding a knife and making racially aggressive comments. Another showed Dobson refusing to answer police questions about the drops of blood found on his clothing whilst under interrogation. Lawyers for the two men later claimed that their clothes had been contaminated by police after years of handling evidence.

Gary Dobson and David Norris will be given mandatory life sentences and will both be sentenced as juveniles as they were both under-18 at the time. Police have identified 9 other suspects who may have been with Dobson and Norris that night, and are hoping Gary Dobson might now reveal their names following his guilty verdict.

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