originally by: The Guardian
published: 13th December 2011
Gary Dobson, one of the men suspected for 18 years of killing the black teenager Stephen Lawrence, admitted to an Old Bailey jury that he had lied to the police and used violent, racist language as a youth. Dobson, who was 17 when Lawrence was killed, gave evidence in his defence after the court was played video footage from police surveillance of his flat in 1994.
Dobson told the jury in his evidence that he was “ashamed, disgusted and embarrassed” by the footage from the surveillance tape.
Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, who both deny murder, craned their necks from the dock to watch the footage, which was played to the jury over 30 minutes on Tuesday. In the film both men and their friends Neil Acourt and Luke Knight are heard repeatedly calling African-Caribbean people “niggers” and threatening violence against them.
At one point in the video, filmed by a secret camera hidden in the skirting board of the living room, Dobson describes how a “black cunt” at work annoyed him so much he threatened him with a Stanley knife, saying “I’m going to slice this down you seven times”. In another extract Norris threatened to skin a black man alive.
Asked by his barrister, Tim Roberts QC, whether he had anything to do with the events that led to the death of 17-year-old Stephen Lawrence in 1993, he replied: “No, I did not.”
Dobson admitted under cross-examination, however, that he had told a barefaced lie to the police when he said, while being questioned in 1993, that he did not know David Norris. The men were in fact close friends at the time.