Two men who were part of a gang who stabbed to death black teenager Stephen Lawrence in South London in 1993 have been jailed.
Gary Dobson will go down for over 15 years, while co-accused David Norris will serve over 14 years for their part in a racially-motivated attack.
Although this may give some closure for the Lawrence family, this has not been a triumph for British justice. It should not have taken eighteen years to reach this verdict. Critics had accused investigators at the time of alleged institutional racism and gross incompetence from the start. The situation wasn’t helped by the media’s reporting of the case. Several national newspapers had allegedly identified Dobson and Norris alongside three others without producing any shred of evidence.
In order for public faith to be restored, our criminal justice system needs root and branch reform. What is needed, particularly after this high-profile case, is the political will from Parliament.