Two men have today been convicted of murdering Stephen Lawrence in Eltham, south London in 1993.
Following a six week trial at the Old Bailey, Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were found guilty of being involved in the unprovoked attack on Stephen as he waited at a bus stop with a friend.
Dobson and Norris, were 17 and 16, at the time of the murder. They will be sentenced tomorrow.
The convictions come after a forensic review of the case found significant new scientific evidence on clothing seized from the suspects’ homes 18 years ago.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who ordered the 2006 cold case review that led to the convictions, said: “We are very pleased for the family and those who loved Stephen. There have been several investigations over the last 18 years during which the Lawrence family have campaigned tirelessly for justice.
“This prosecution has depended upon previously unavailable scientific technology and techniques which led to the discovery of the new evidence.”
She said that during the inquiry there was close co-operation between the Metropolitan Police, the CPS and counsel. The investigators also worked very closely with the Forensic Science Service and LGC Forensics.
“The Lawrence family were kept informed at all stages of the forensic review and subsequent re-investigation. We pay tribute to Mr and Mrs Lawrence’s courage and dignity. They have contributed to major changes within policing, the law and society as a whole,” Ms. Dick said.
Stephen's parents, Doreen and Neville, wept in court as the jury delivered the guilty verdict.
While being led from the court, Dobson protested his innocence saying: "You have condemned an innocent man here, I hope you can live with yourselves."