Lawrence killers to launch appeal
The two men jailed for the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence are to appeal against their convictions.
Gary Dobson, 36, who was sentenced to at least 15 years and two months at the Old Bailey last month, has already begun the process, the Court of Appeal confirmed.
It is understood that co-accused David Norris will also seek to appeal, but papers have not yet been lodged at the Court of Appeal.
Norris, 35, was given a minimum of 14 years and three months for the murder, which the trial judge, Mr Justice Treacy, said was a "terrible and evil crime".
He urged police not to "close the file" on catching the rest of the killers after the court heard that a gang of five or six white youths set upon the A-level student in Eltham, south-east London, in 1993.
Mr Justice Treacy said the murder was committed "for no other reason than racial hatred".
On the day of the sentencing, Mr Lawrence's father Neville told reporters outside court that he hoped the pair would "give up the rest of the people" involved. His mother Doreen said the sentences were "quite low", but she appreciated the judge's hands were tied and she would now "start moving on".
In court, Mr Justice Treacy called the killing "a terrible and evil crime", and quoted the Lord Chief Justice who said it was a "murder which scarred the conscience of the nation".
Mr Justice Treacy told the pair: "A totally innocent 18-year-old youth on the threshold of a promising life was brutally cut down in the street in front of eyewitnesses by a racist, thuggish gang. You were both members of that gang. I have no doubt at all that you fully subscribed to its views and attitudes."
The evidence in the trial could not prove who wielded the knife, but he said that whoever used it had done so with Dobson and Norris's "knowledge and approval".