Who is Gary Dobson and why did he kill Stephen Lawrence? – The Sun | The Sun

GARY Dobson was one of two men jailed for life for the brutal unprovoked murder of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence.

In 1993, Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death as he waited at a bus stop with a friend in Eltham, south East London.

Who is Gary Dobson?

Dobson is one of the men found responsible for the death of teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

He was 17 at the time of the attack and lived on the Brook Estate in South East London.

Dobson was part of a gang on the council estate – along with the other four of those suspected of Lawrence's murder and had been linked to previous racist knife attacks in the area.

Between the murder and 2010, he was arrested or charged with a number of offences such as theft and burglary.

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In 2010 he was banged up for five years for possessing and supplying class B drugs, which had a street value of around £350,000.

Where is Gary Dobson now?

Dobson is currently serving his sentence in prison.

He is believed to be behind bars in Gartree Prison, having been convicted of the murder of Lawrence.

In May 2011, Gary Dobson and David Norris finally faced trial for Stephen's murder following a review of forensic evidence that found the victim's DNA on the defendants' clothes.

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The double jeopardy legal principle had also been dropped in 2005 allowing the killers to stand trial for the second time for the same crime.

On January 3, 2012, both received life sentences with Dobson jailed for a minimum of 15 years and two months and Norris for 14 years and three months.

Why did Gary Dobson kill Stephen Lawrence?

The judge at the trial described the attack as a "crime committed for no other reason than racial hatred''.

The day after the killing, a chilling letter naming suspects was left in a phone box, including Dobson.

In August 2020, police investigating the murder of Lawrence said the case had moved to an "inactive phase" after they had exhausted all their lines of inquiry.

Met Police chief Cressida Dick said: "The investigation has now moved to an 'inactive' phase, but I have given Stephen's family the assurance that we will continue to deal with any new information that comes to light.

"The investigation into Stephen's murder will also be periodically reviewed for any further investigative opportunities which may arise; for example, with advances in technology."

However, Clive Driscoll, who led the investigation which saw Gary Dobson locked up, hopes the 2021 ITV drama that chronicles Stephen's story will encourage other witnesses to come forward.

He said: “I’m hoping this drama will convince someone to come forward with a bit of the jigsaw that we’ve all waited for. Because people are out there who know what happened and I hope they are watching.

“Somebody might watch this for entertainment and realise they’ve got that bit of information which might help. And loyalties do change with time and I hope that their conscience might remind them, give them confidence, whatever it takes."

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