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Stephen Lawrence’s father calls on Gary Dobson, David Norris to name others

Stephen Lawrence's father Neville has called on Gary Dobson and David Norris to name the others responsible for his son's racist murder in 1993.

 

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The appeal came hours after the two men were found guilty of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence nearly 19 years ago. Dobson, 36 and Norris, 35, were convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey

Speaking to Channel 4 News, Neville Lawrence said it was "a release of emotion".

"I would describe it as if you're underwater and you come up for air. When the verdict was read out, I felt as if my heart was going to come through my mouth," he told Channel News.

Relieved after the verdict, Lawrence expressed hope they would come out with the names of the others involved in the racist gang.

"I’m praying that these people now realise that they've been found out and say to themselves, 'yes I did this awful deed, but I wasn’t alone in that action that night and there are other people also guilty of what I’ve done' and name them," he said.

"I hope before the sentence is passed, they will talk and give the rest of these people that killed my son up…."

Neville, who along with his wife struggled for justice for all these years, said his life had completely changed.

Lawrence's mother Doreen made it clear that there was no reason to celebrate. She minced no words to say: "How can I celebrate when I know that this day could have come 18 years ago if the police who were meant to find my son's killers (had not) failed so miserably to do so?

Neville Lawrence, on the other hand, told Channel 4 News he was not blaming the police. "The people who were involved in the case before these people took it over, they tried their best to get a result – they were more or less doing the job that they were supposed to do.

"Unfortunately for them, the evidence that they tried to use was already out in the public domain," he said.

"These people have done the case in the way it should've been done from 1993 and I have all praise for the way they conducted themselves."

Lawrence said he believed the convicted men's parents were to be blamed: "I compare Dobson and Norris's upbringing to the way I brought my son up and I am not really blaming them. I blame the parents.

"If you instill hatred into your child, then that child has hatred. If they had tried to get it out of them, they wouldn't have done what they did to Stephen.”

On Tuesday the two were found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of killing Mr Lawrence, who was stabbed to death by a gang of white youths in 1993.

They were sentenced as Britain's top police officer Scotland Yard Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said "the other people involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence should not rest easily in their beds".

 

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