Two guilty of Stephen Lawrence race murder in Britain

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Two white men were on Tuesday found guilty of the murder 18 years ago of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in an unprovoked attack that became a defining moment in race relations in Britain.

Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, had denied involvement in the knife attack on the 18-year-old at a bus stop in Eltham, southeast London in April 1993, by a gang of white youths.

But a jury at the Old Bailey court in London found them both guilty on the basis of new forensic evidence.

A judicial inquiry into the handling of the case by London's Metropolitan Police found "institutional racism" within the police and led to significant changes in the way murders involving black victims are investigated.

The so-called Macpherson report is regarded by many as a defining moment in British race relations and one of the key moments in the modern history of criminal justice.

© 2012 AFP

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