Stephen Lawrence murderer Dobson could 'turn supergrass'
Racist killer's only hope for leniency is to shop other members of gang that killed teenager
EDITOR'S NOTE: After this article was published Gary Dobson was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years and two months before he becomes eligible for parole for the murder of Stephen Lawrence. David Norris was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years and three months.
WITH Gary Dobson and David Norris due to be sentenced today after Tuesday's historic convictions for murdering Stephen Lawrence in 1993, attention is turning to the other members of the white gang that stabbed the black teenager to death.
Police are said to be hoping that, in return for a reduced sentence, Dobson will turn supergrass and shop the other gang members.
The Daily Mail, the paper which named Dobson (above right) and Norris (above left) and three other men as the killers in 1997, reports today: "Detectives believe Dobson - long regarded as one of the 'weak links' in the mob - might seek a deal with prosecutors and finally come clean about who else was responsible for Stephen's death."
The three other men named by the Mail, but who were never charged by police, were brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt and Luke Knight.
However, the Mail now reports that the Met's last review of the case came up with nine "names of interest". Dobson, Norris, the Acourts and Knight all featured on the list.
Because Dobson and Norris were under 18 at the time of the murder, they will be treated as juveniles. According to the BBC, they can still expect minimum jail sentences of about 12 years.
Dobson "could have several years taken off his sentence if he co-operates," a source told the Mail. "I can't imagine he will be too happy knowing that the Acourts and Luke Knight are swanning around Eltham, while he is locked up in jail doing a long stretch."
Stephen Lawrence's mother yesterday welcomed the convictions but said it was no cause for celebration because it should have happened 18 years ago.
The initial failure of the police to catch the murderers led to the MacPherson Inquiry, which concluded that the Met was "institutionally racist", and resulted in a huge shake-up in policing techniques.
Yesterday's conviction came after forensic scientists, using techniques unavailable in the 1990s, found a microscopic bloodstain on Dobson's jacket that could only have come from Lawrence and hair from the black teenager on Norris's jeans.