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Published on January 4th, 2012 | by Flore Saint-Cyr
Image © [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Justice at Last? Stephen Lawrence's killers finally sentenced ©cjace2001's photostream."][/caption] Neither David Norris nor Gary Dobson had shown "the slightest regret or remorse" since the beginning of the trial, said Mr Justice Treacy, the judge in charge of this five-weeks trial. This wednesday morning, the outcome of the proceeding crime, qualified of being a racist and evil one, was made freely available on information websites. David Norris was sentenced to a minimum term of 14 years and three months, and his accomplice Gary Dobson to 15 years and two months in jail.

Lets back up eighteen years earlier…

Stephen Lawrence was a young black British teenager from Eltham, south east London. He was studying English, design and technology, in order to become an architect. On the evening of the 22 April 1993, the young man was waiting for a bus with one of his friend named Dunwayne Brooks. Suddenly, a group of 5 white men, part of a racist team stabbed him to death. Stephen died a few moments later, trying to escape from the gang. The two killers Gary Dobson and David Norris were under-18s (17 and 16 years old respectively) at that time. But the judge has refused o recognise any extenuating circumstances, because the two men have not shown any regrets of what they did to young Stephen.

"British police failed"

More than a simple racist murder, Stephen Lawrence affair became the symbol of a two-tier justice between black and white people in Britain, denounced by the Daily Mail, noticing the sticking of the survey. The Lawrence family felt that London's Metropolitan police failed to do enough to solve the crime, and had to open a special private prosecution in front of the magistrates of the Old Bailey of London. This feeling was also denounced by Nelson Mandela himself during one of his visits in London, in this way bringing his support to Stephen's family. The Stephen Lawrence case shows how difficult it is to establish an equality between each part of society. In the past, black people were prevented from climbing the social ladders. Nowadays, whereas society claims his open mind and tolerance, it seems that inequality is still firmly rooted, whereas the definition of justice is to be impartial. The long-awaited outcome of this trial may be an example and a lesson against the stigma of minorities and any kind of racism. Nota Bene : A Tweet from Beyonce Knowles suggesting the wide-reaching impact of the case: " Stephen Lawrence lived for 18 years 7 months and 9 days. it has taken 18 years, 8 month and 12 days to find justice. RT to show support "

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Stephen Lawrence’s murderers sentenced to 14 and 15 years in prison. It only took 18 years…

Justice at Last? Stephen Lawrence's killers finally sentenced ©cjace2001's photostream.

Neither David Norris nor Gary Dobson had shown “the slightest regret or remorse” since the beginning of the trial, said Mr Justice Treacy, the judge in charge of this five-weeks trial. This wednesday morning, the outcome of the proceeding crime, qualified of being a racist and evil one, was made freely available on information websites. David Norris was sentenced to a minimum term of 14 years and three months, and his accomplice Gary Dobson to 15 years and two months in jail.

Lets back up eighteen years earlier…

Stephen Lawrence was a young black British teenager from Eltham, south east London. He was studying English, design and technology, in order to become an architect. On the evening of the 22 April 1993, the young man was waiting for a bus with one of his friend named Dunwayne Brooks. Suddenly, a group of 5 white men, part of a racist team stabbed him to death. Stephen died a few moments later, trying to escape from the gang.

The two killers Gary Dobson and David Norris were under-18s (17 and 16 years old respectively) at that time. But the judge has refused o recognise any extenuating circumstances, because the two men have not shown any regrets of what they did to young Stephen.

“British police failed”

More than a simple racist murder, Stephen Lawrence affair became the symbol of a two-tier justice between black and white people in Britain, denounced by the Daily Mail, noticing the sticking of the survey.

The Lawrence family felt that London’s Metropolitan police failed to do enough to solve the crime, and had to open a special private prosecution in front of the magistrates of the Old Bailey of London. This feeling was also denounced by Nelson Mandela himself during one of his visits in London, in this way bringing his support to Stephen’s family.

The Stephen Lawrence case shows how difficult it is to establish an equality between each part of society. In the past, black people were prevented from climbing the social ladders. Nowadays, whereas society claims his open mind and tolerance, it seems that inequality is still firmly rooted, whereas the definition of justice is to be impartial.

The long-awaited outcome of this trial may be an example and a lesson against the stigma of minorities and any kind of racism.

Nota Bene : A Tweet from Beyonce Knowles suggesting the wide-reaching impact of the case: ” Stephen Lawrence lived for 18 years 7 months and 9 days. it has taken 18 years, 8 month and 12 days to find justice. RT to show support “

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