|New Doubts Over Stephen Lawrence Killers' Forensic Convictions|
|Written by Staff|
|Friday, 09 March 2012 11:40|
Fresh doubt has been cast over the recent convictions of David Norris and Gary Dobson, for the 1993 murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
In a previous article entitled Stephen Lawrence's Murder: Has Justice Really Been Served? we detailed how Norris and Dobson were convicted predominantly on microscopic forensic evidence apparently discovered years after the crime, from items gathered from the suspects' homes shortly after the murder.
The microscopic evidence apparently recovered by private firm LGC Forensics included a 0.5 mm wide spot of blood on the collar of a jacket belonging to Dobson, as well as fibres matching those taken from Stephen Lawrence’s clothes; Norris was convicted based on minute fibres and hairs found on a pair of his trousers and sweatshirt.
At the time we noted that:
We further went on to detail how:
Today it was astoundingly revealed that this week a rape case has collapsed, due to the aforementioned LGC Forensics' admission that a sample in its possession became so contaminated during testing that it could not be offered in evidence. The defendant was acquitted after prosecutors decided they could no longer rely on LGC's contaminated evidence; The Guardian cites a "senior source" as bluntly stating that:
The evidence had become seriously contaminated during the testing process at LGC's laboratory - which is exactly the claim made by the defence during Dobson's and Norris's recent murder trial. The judge in the trial, Mr Justice Treacy, even directed the jury that they should acquit both defendants unless they were sure scientific evidence allegedly tying them to the murder scene was not the result of contamination.
This latest revelation makes both Dobson's and Norris's convictions unsafe. As well as the disputed forensic evidence coming from a company whose admitted contamination of evidence may lead to "hundreds of convictions" being reviewed, there is no other evidence - besides hearsay evidence and historic racist remarks recorded during controversial covert surveillance - against the convicted men. Both Norris and Dobson have consistently denied murdering Stephen Lawrence - Dobson telling the jury "You have condemned an innocent man here. I hope you can live with yourselves" as he was led down following his conviction.
Both men, who were sentenced to terms of 14 and 15 years, have lodged appeals against their convictions. Following the relentless efforts by the establishment to secure Dobson's and Norris's convictions, as well as their extraordinary demonisation by the mainstream media, and subsequent status as pariahs in the eyes of the British public, it awaits to be seen whether they will receive a fair trial when, or rather if, their case successfully goes to appeal.
Update: A new LGC Forensics procedural error detailed here