False alibi claim at Lawrence trial
The mother of one of the men on trial over the murder of Stephen Lawrence has been accused of giving a fake alibi for her son.
Prosecutor Mark Ellison QC told Theresa Norris that she had invented the story that her son David was at home when Mr Lawrence was killed in April 1993.
He told her: "The first that we've heard of any suggestion that you can alibi your son for this murder is today. I suggest to you that as a result of that you have made it up and it's a recent thing that you have made it up."
Mrs Norris said: "I haven't made nothing up." After further questioning she then added: "My son would have been at home."
When David Norris was interviewed by police in the wake of Mr Lawrence's death, his mother did not tell them that she could provide an alibi.
She also failed to mention that clothing seized from the family home belonged to his brother Clifford, as the defence claim. Mrs Norris told the court: "I was advised by a legal team not to say nothing so that's what you do."
Earlier, Norris, 35, who along with Gary Dobson, 36, denies murder, had told the court that he was "no angel", but repeatedly protested his innocence.
In dramatic clashes with Mr Ellison, Norris was asked several times what he was doing on the night Mr Lawrence died, and in apparent exasperation, he declared: "You are accusing me of murder. I am an innocent man."
Norris insisted he was not in the Eltham area on April 22, 1993, when Mr Lawrence was stabbed to death by a racist gang. "How do you know that?" asked Mr Ellison. "Because I am innocent," Norris declared.
Later he told the jury: "I was not party to Stephen Lawrence's death. I played no part whatsoever in his death. I'm not an angel, never have been an angel, but I'm also not a murderer."