Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence today, 18 years after his tragic death at a south London bus stop.

The two men were found guilty after forensic scientists found a blood stain on Dobson’s jacket that could only have come from Lawrence. The jacket was seized in 1993, the year of the murder. However the advanced techniques which allowed scientists to recover the material were not available to the original case scientists back then.

Dobson, 36, and Norris, 35, denied the murder. They said their clothing had been contaminated as police mixed up evidence down the years.

Stephen Lawrence was 18 when he was stabbed to death near a bus stop in Eltham, south London, in April 1993, five men were identified by police and later named in a public inquiry as the “prime suspects”.

The judge, Mr Justice Treacy said he would sentence both men on 4 January. Dobson and Norris, who were 17 and 16 at the time will be sentenced as juveniles. Both men are looking at life sentences, however It will be down to the judge determine the length of tariff.

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