Prosecutor describes night of Stephen Lawrence murder

Nov 16, 2011

Eighteen years after a black teenager was stabbed to death, two men are on trial for murder

IT IS NOT often that a murder trial comes to court 18 years after the event.

Yet that is what has happened in the case of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

So what is thought to have occurred on the night of 22 April 1993 when Lawrence was stabbed to death? Yesterday, prosecutor Mark Ellison QC described the scene to a court at the Old Bailey.

As The Guardian reports, Lawrence, 18, and his friend Duwayne Brooks had been waiting at a bus stop in Eltham, south London before walking along the road.

At 10.35pm, Ellison told the court, five white youths began crossing the road nearby. Brooks said one of them shouted, "What, what nigger," at which point the group charged.

Brooks told Lawrence to run, but the youths chased the pair and caught up with them. Brooks escaped and shouted: "Get up and run, Steve."

But, Ellison told the court: "The group quickly surrounded him... he was swallowed up by the weight of their number and simply forced to the ground."

Lawrence was stabbed twice: in the right collarbone and the left shoulder.
Both wounds severed an artery.

Ellison described how Lawrence managed to run 220 yards from where he had been stabbed. "There he collapsed on the pavement opposite the junction...never to get up again."

Two defendants, Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, deny murder. The case continues.

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