The two men who were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in January of this year, for the racially motivated murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993, are set to appeal against their convictions.
David Norris, 35, and Gary Dobson, 36, were found guilty of the crime at the Old Bailey earlier this year. The basis of Norris’ argument is that a surveillance video that was used in evidence at the trial was unfair.
Dobson was given a minimum of 15 years and two months, while Norris was ordered to serve 14 years and three months.
The lawyers will argue that although the surveillance video does show the pair frequently using violent and racist language; it does not connect them to the scene where Lawrence was murdered.
Norris and Dobson were the first people to be convicted for the brutal attack on Lawrence, which was carried out by a gang of white youths at a bus stop in Eltham. Lawrence’s family and anti-racism campaigners have been fighting for justice for Lawrence since the teenager’s tragic death nearly 20 years ago.