Tuesday, 3 January 2012

RIP Stephen Lawrence, some justice at last?

Today two men, Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of the murder of Stephen Lawrence in April 1993. Anyone who lives in the UK will have heard of the Stephen Lawrence murder, so I need not go into details here.

But this case was littered with errors, which not only highlighted the institutional racism within the police, but almost meant no-one was ever convicted of this murder.

Had it not been for advances in forensic science, it may never have been possible to bring these two men to justice after such a long time.

While no conviction can ever undo the past or bring Stephen Lawrence back, I hope that this conviction can go some way towards the family finding some closure. And I hope that this is just the beginning and that those who were also there on that night will be able to be brought to account.

But in the meantime, I think as a society we should be glad that at last, justice has been done.

RIP Stephen Lawrence.

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