Two white Britons were on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1993 murder of a young black man, Stephen Lawrence.
The judge ordered that Gary Dobson and David Norris, must spend a minimum of 14 years, three months and 15 years, two months respectively in prison.
Justice Colman Treacy, who sentenced the pair on the basis that they were juveniles when they took part in the fatal attack on Steven in London, described the murder as “a terrible and evil crime”.
The judge said the convicts had not shown any regret or remorse for their actions and had lied to the court and the police.
Neville Lawrence, father of Steven, in his reaction, commended the jury for their careful attention to Steven Lawrence’s case and the verdicts they have delivered.
“Something has happened over the last seven weeks; I have watched justice being done and will let this good news sink in for some time,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Lawrence said he was, however, conscious of the fact that there were five or six attackers when his son was killed and would not rest until the remaining were brought to justice.
Dobson and Norris were convicted unanimously by an Old Bailey jury on Tuesday after a seven-week trial.
The men, two of the five original suspects for the racist killing of Lawrence, brought to justice after a cold case review of the exhibits of the case unearthed a DNA evidence which put them at the scene of the murder.
The original investigation into the case came under criticism from a public inquiry which branded the London Metropolitan Police as institutionally racist.
They discovered tiny amounts of blood, hair and fibres on clothing seized from Dobson and Norris’ homes, which led to a successful prosecution.
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