New phase in Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry

New phase in Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry

New phase in Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry

The investigation into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 has been shelved by police, it was announced today (Tuesday).

Met Police said “identified lines of inquiry have been completed” and it has moved to an “inactive phase”.

Stephen was 18 when he was murdered by a gang of up to six men in Eltham, southeast London.

Two people – David Norris and Gary Dobson – are serving life sentences after being convicted of murder nearly 20 years after the crime, but the rest have never faced justice.

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Cressida Dick, said: “This was an appalling racist murder and I am sad that we have been unable to secure further convictions for Stephen, his family and friends. I, and the senior investigator in charge of the case, Chris Le Pere, have met with Baroness Lawrence and Mr Lawrence and fully explained the work the team have been doing, and why we are now at this stage.

“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.

“Mr Brooks, who was with Stephen on the night he died, has also been advised of the decision.

“We were able to secure two convictions following a determined investigation in 2012 but it is well known that other suspects were also involved in the events which unfolded that night and it is deeply frustrating that we have been unable to bring them to justice.

“As a result of ceaseless campaigning for justice by Stephen’s parents, profound changes have happened in policing, the law and wider society. I pay tribute to them for their courage and achievements.

”And today my thoughts are with them and all Stephen’s loved ones.”

Contact Gi National
Email us: