Stephen Lawrence's dad forgives son's killers

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A life sentence of grief Neville Lawrence said decision is ‘hardest I have made

Two men - David Norris and Gary Dobson - are now serving life sentences for the death of Stephen Lawrence, who was 18 years old when he was attacked at a bus stop in Eltham.

'This is a life sentence that you can't finish. 'I've been serving a life sentence and I will go on serving that until the day I die'.

The gang shouted racist abuse as they began the unprovoked attack on the A-level student.

Two of the group of up to six thugs who attacked the teenager and his friend Duwayne Brooks because they were black have been convicted of murder. When you are going to go on a journey, if somebody else who has been through it comes and talks to you they can give you an idea what you're going to face down the road. So in order to be a Christian, I decided I am going to forgive all those people who were involved in my son's murder.

Baroness Lawrence has said she cannot forgive Stephen's killers: 'You can only forgive somebody when they have shown remorse and accepted what they have done - and they haven't'.

Mr Lawrence's solicitor Jocelyn Cockburn said: I am humbled by his message of forgiveness to mark the anniversary of his son's death.

The National Crime Agency is considerating launching a new investigation into the Stephen Lawrence case, 25 years after the teenager was stabbed to death, according to media reports.

He said: 'When these boys killed my son Stephen, they created a legend.

Mr Lawrence said he would spend the anniversary of the murder in church, but wanted to continue to work with young people to explain the dire consequences of carrying a weapon. In his death, Stephen is a legend.

Such work has been given even greater significance because of the surge in violent crime in parts of Britain in recent months. There is debate about racism, there are organisations set up to help to make people understand about racism, the police have been put under the spotlight because of Stephen's death'. There have been nearly 60 murders in London this year.

David Norris and Gary Dobson are now serving life sentences for their roles in the murder. Three other men who have consistently been accused of the killing but never convicted are Jamie Acourt, 41, his brother Neil, 42, who uses his mother's maiden name Stuart, and Luke Knight, 41.

In the documentary, which starts on Tuesday night, Doreen Lawrence - Stephen's mother and Neville's former wife - described the killers as "idiots" and complained that "they had more rights than we did".

Neville can feel proud of what he has achieved in the intervening years.