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Stephen Lawrence murder trial hears racist tirade

One of the men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence admitted in court yesterday that he held racist views after he was captured on a hidden police camera boasting of how he threatened to slash a black man seven times with a knife.

Gary Dobson (36), accepted he had lied to police after his arrest and claimed he felt “disgusted and embarrassed” at secret recordings of him and his friends making a string of violent racist comments.

But Dobson claimed he was at his parents' house at the time of the murder and denied being part of a racist gang who stabbed Mr Lawrence to death in Eltham, south-east London, in 1993.

Dobson was giving evidence at the Old Bailey after jurors watched footage from a camera hidden in his two-bedroom flat in Eltham.

The recordings showed Dobson, his co-defendant David Norris (35), and friends making racist comments. On the footage, David Norris is heard telling friends of a fantasy about running riot with guns, torturing blacks, Asians and policemen.

The court heard that Dobson was questioned about the murder in 1995 and denied being racist.

Giving evidence yesterday, Dobson admitted he lied about knowing Norris when he was first arrested.

He claimed he was “just being young and stupid” and could not defend himself for using racist language.

Dobson and Norris both deny murder. The case continues.

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