Met chief Dick blamed for re­tir­ing Lawrence case DCI

Vic­tim’s friend tells of frus­tra­tion on 25th an­niver­sary of racist knife mur­der

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Steve Bird and Martin Evans

STEPHEN LAWRENCE’S best friend has said he blames Cres­sida Dick, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, for the force’s fail­ure to bring his other racist killers to jus­tice.

Duwayne Brooks, who was with Stephen on the night of the mur­der, said Ms Dick should have al­lowed the detective who put two of the killers be­hind bars to con­tinue his in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In­stead, Det Ch Insp Clive Driscoll, who was com­mended by a judge for his work on the case, had to re­tire, de­spite in­sist­ing he had other leads to fol­low.

Speak­ing be­fore to­mor­row’s an­niver­sary mark­ing 25 years since he saw his friend knifed to death as they walked home in Eltham, south-east Lon­don, Mr Brooks said he was still haunted by the events.

He said that Mr Driscoll, whose tire­less in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to Gary Dob­son and David Nor­ris be­ing jailed for life in 2012, should have been given more time to con­tinue pur­su­ing the rest of the gang be­hind the at­tack.

Mr Brooks claimed Ms Dick took Mr Driscoll off the case and there­fore bore re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fact that the other killers were still walk­ing free.

“Clive Driscoll put a lot of time and ef­fort into the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in a way that wasn’t be­ing done be­fore,” Mr Brooks ex­plained. “He had built up relationships with family, friends and wit­nesses. He felt he was on a path to get­ting some­thing else.”

Mr Driscoll has claimed that in 2013 he un­earthed a wit­ness whose tes­ti­mony had meant “there was a real chance” of a third pros­e­cu­tion in the case.

How­ever, he said the fol­low­ing year he was forced out of the Met and even had his of­fers to as­sist the case while in re­tire­ment re­jected.

In 2014, a re­port by Mark El­li­son QC found ev­i­dence of cor­rup­tion within the orig­i­nal po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Stephen’s mur­der.

Mr Driscoll wrote: “You would think that the Met would have re­dou­bled their ef­forts to nail Stephen’s other killers. But they didn’t. In­stead they got rid of me.

“I was 62 but it was en­tirely in their power to ask me to stay on for a few years. I’d have done so with plea­sure. An­other DCI was ap­pointed in my place. I of­fered to be on per­ma­nent standby in case he ever needed help...i’m still wait­ing for the phone to ring.”

Mr Brooks, 43, told The Daily Tele­graph: “Af­ter finally suc­ceed­ing in bring­ing these two peo­ple to court and the jury con­vict­ing them, Clive Driscoll was told: ‘Thank you for your ser­vices, it’s been nice know­ing you’.

“You have to ask why? He was taken off the case by Cres­sida Dick. I blame her for that. She took that de­ci­sion.”

A Scot­land Yard spokesman said: “This is not a fair or ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of the facts. The team through ded­i­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism se­cured the con­vic­tions.

“Fol­low­ing that, the team con­tin­ued un­der the ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship of Chris Le Pere with the full con­fi­dence of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice.”

‘He [DCI Clive Driscoll] felt he was on a path to get­ting some­thing else. He was taken off the case by Cres­sida Dick. I blame her for that’

Duwayne Brooks, left, with Neville Lawrence, Stephen’s fa­ther, said Det Ch Insp Clive Driscoll should have been given more time to pur­sue the rest of the gang

Stephen Lawrence was mur­dered in a racially mo­ti­vated at­tack in 1993

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