Stephen’s killers have not earned my for­give­ness

Pain still runs deep for mum 25yrs on

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY NICK McGRATH your­voice@mir­ror.co.uk

DOREEN Lawrence says she will never for­give the racists who stabbed her son to death – be­cause 25 years on they still refuse to ad­mit their guilt.

While her ex-hus­band Neville has said al­though he still wants jus­tice, his Chris­tian faith means he can for­give 18-year-old Stephen’s killers, for Doreen it is not so easy.

Speak­ing can­didly be­fore the broad­cast of BBC1’s three-part doc­u­men­tary Stephen: The Mur­der That Changed A Na­tion, she said: “I’ve al­ways been pos­i­tive but in terms of for­give­ness that’s dif­fi­cult. In or­der to earn for­give­ness, you’ve got to ad­mit you’ve done some­thing and they have never done that.”

The 65-year-old cam­paigner is still haunted by the shock­ing events of that fate­ful night when a group of thugs in Eltham, South Lon­don, at­tacked Stephen and pal Duwayne Brooks.

Stephen was knifed twice and bled to death on the pave­ment as his cow­ardly at­tack­ers fled.

Only two – David Nor­ris and Gary Dob­son – were con­victed and are cur­rently serv­ing life sen­tences.

Doreen, who be­came a Baroness in 2013, this month called for the Met Po­lice to “be hon­est” about the like­li­hood of more con­vic­tions, re­veal­ing she be­lieved de­tec­tives had run out of lines of in­quiry but were wor­ried about up­set­ting her. The Met says “the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is live”. This Sun­day marks the an­niver­sary of wannabe ar­chi­tect Stephen’s death and co­in­cides with this year’s Lon­don Marathon. Doreen is sup­port­ing a team of ar­chi­tects com­pet­ing to raise money for the Stephen Lawrence Char­i­ta­ble Trust. But she will not be there to see them – in­stead she will be vis­it­ing the spot where Stephen died. She says: “That’s the only place that I can go and have a con­nec­tion with Stephen.” A quar­ter of a cen­tury on it is clear that the heartache still runs deep. “I do try to imag­ine what he’d be like now; whether of not he would have a fam­ily. I pre­sume he would have a fam­ily. He’d be 43 now,” Doreen says. “On the out­side peo­ple think that I’ve not crum­bled but there are times that I have. “To say that I’ve been dig­ni­fied and strong all the time would be far from the truth.” Do­nate to Stephen’s marathon team at uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/fund/25thanniver­saryap­peal.

MY BOY Stephen died on pave­ment CON­VICTED Nor­ris & Dob­son are serv­ing life HEARTACHE Doreen Lawrence wants jus­tice

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