Mother of Stephen Lawrence calls for end to hunt

The Sunday Telegraph - - Bat­tle Against Crime - By Chris Dyer

THE mother of mur­dered teenager Stephen Lawrence has called for the po­lice to end their 25-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his death.

Scot­land Yard says the in­quiry into the racially mo­ti­vated killing re­mains “in an ac­tive phase”, but his mother, Doreen Lawrence, said she sus­pects de­tec­tives have run out of new leads.

The Labour peer has called on the force to “be hon­est” about the like­li­hood of any fur­ther sus­pects in­volved in her son’s mur­der be­ing brought to jus­tice. Scot­land Yard has spent over £50mil­lion in the hunt for the 18-yearold’s re­main­ing killers.

De­tec­tives be­lieve Mr Lawrence was stabbed to death by a group of up to six white men in the un­pro­voked racist at­tack as he waited at a bus stop with a friend in Eltham, south-east Lon­don.

But just two men have been jailed for the 1993 killing, when in 2012, Gary Dob­son and David Nor­ris were found guilty of mur­der un­der joint en­ter­prise and jailed for life.

Baroness Lawrence said she be­lieves the Met is con­cerned about her pub­lic re­ac­tion should they de­cide to close the case. “They say they’re car­ry­ing on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but car­ry­ing on do­ing what? If they’ve come to the end, they should be hon­est – say they’ve come to an end and stop. I think they’re car­ry­ing on pre­tend­ing every­thing’s fine be­cause they don’t want to hear what I’ll say if it is stopped,” she said.

Fail­ures in the po­lice re­sponse to Mr Lawrence’s mur­der led to ac­cu­sa­tions of in­sti­tu­tional racism in the force. In 1996, a mur­der trial at the Old Bai­ley against Dob­son and two other de­fen­dants col­lapsed af­ter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion ev­i­dence was ruled in­ad­mis­si­ble.

Fol­low­ing a 1997 in­quest, a jury con­cluded Mr Lawrence was “un­law­fully killed by five white youths”. And in 1999 find­ings of a ju­di­cial in­quiry by Sir Wil­liam Macpherson ac­cused the Met of “racism, pro­fes­sional in­com­pe­tence and bad lead­er­ship”.

Speak­ing to the Daily Mail, Lady Lawrence also sug­gested that she was ready to be­gin to move on from her tire­less pur­suit of jus­tice for her son.

She said: “I can’t keep do­ing this. I just want time for me, time to re­flect. I don’t think I’ve even com­pletely grieved for Stephen. He’d have been 43, a grown man with a fam­ily.”

A Scot­land Yard spokesman said: “The Met con­tin­ues to hold reg­u­lar meet­ings to up­date the fam­ily.”

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