Dignity of Stephen Lawrence's parents pre-sentence

Wednesday January 4, 2012

After 18 years of campaigning, Stephen Lawrence's parents will finally see two of his killers brought to justice.

The judge has already indicated that Gary Dobson and David Norris will be sentenced as juveniles.

This is because they were 17 and 16 respectively at the time of the racist murder in 1993.

For several seconds after hearing the guilty verdict Doreen and Neville sat motionless.

Then, the Lawrences – who divorced following the murder of their 18-year-old son – began to cry.

Describing the moment afterwards, Neville told Channel 4 News: "I would describe it as if you are underwater and you come up for air.

"I felt as if my heart was going to come through my mouth.

Stephen Moses, pleading mitigation for Gary Dobson, said that he had only left his house for around half an hour.

He said he came from a "loving family" and had no previous convictions for violence.

Stephen Batten QC, for David Norris, told the court: "My instructions are to offer no mitigation.

"Mr Norris maintains that he was not there."

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