Lawrence killers lose appeal to challenge conviction


Stephen Lawrence
Stephen Lawrence

all credits: The Voice
published: 23 August 2012

The two men found guilty of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 have lost their first round of their attempt to challenge their convictions.

Gary Dobson and David Norris were jailed for life in January for the murdering the black teenager near a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London.

Dobson is serving a minimum of 15 years and two months, and David Norris 14 years and three months. Their applications for permission to appeal were rejected by a single Court of Appeal judge, who considered the papers from the case.

But Dobson, 36, and Norris, 35, still have the right to renew their applications before a panel of judges sitting at the Court of Appeal. Sentencing them, the judge, Mr Justice Treacy, had described the crime as a “murder, which scarred the conscience of the nation”.

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