Brockley witnesses provide important leads in Stephen Lawrence case

Two people in Brockley have passed information to the police that could prove vital in the effort to convict more people for the murder of Stephen Lawrence in Eltham in 1993. The Sun reports that:

Mr Lawrence said: "After the verdict, I met two people in Brockley, London, on Saturday who knew one of the guys that was part of the gang. They mentioned the boy confessed that he was there on the night. They gave me their names and addresses and I passed them on to the police."

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We've refrained from writing anything about this case until the Brockley connection emerged, because enough has been said elsewhere, but we would like to take this opportunity to put something on the record, for what it's worth. For years, since Stephen's death, far right groups like the BNP and the EDL have been peddling the disgusting suggestion that, contrary to what has been said about him in the mainstream media, he was actually a drug dealer (the implication being that he had it coming).

We went to school with him, albeit too briefly before his murder, and from what we knew of him and what people who knew him better said of him, he was entirely the warm, mild-mannered, bright and promising young man that the tributes following his death described.

9 comments:

Lou Baker said...

Well said.

And any scuzzy moron who's found to have been deliberately withholding evidence for all these years should be banged up with the rest of the racist thugs who
killed him.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, "scuzzy morons" might have legitimate reasons for not going to the police immediately. These people were violent criminals and it is entirely possible that witnesses would fear retribution.

TheOracle said...

It is all too rare that police in the first instance often assume a black victim may have been a perpetrator. This was part of the reason why the scene of this brutal killing was not well preserved.

I have also spoken to others about this alleged drug dealing. None of these people saw it. Most of these people were from Eltham (ironically), and those that weren't were just wearing race-tinted sunglasses.

Anonymous said...

Why are u giving oxygen to far right propaganda that most people dont even see/read? So you can dispute it? I know u are well meaning but you would have served his memory better if you hadnt reported it all. RIP Stephen Lawrence

Brockley Nick said...

I guess if I thought it was just confined to far right meetings or websites, I would probably not have mentioned it, for the reasons you give.

But see here for an example of how this kind of stuff spreads (in this case on to the comments section of the News Shopper website):

http://bit.ly/AbB5Hp

Anyway, point taken. RIP.

Mezzer said...

I have heard the same character smears both on a bus by a couple of racists and by an ex work colleague of suspect views and so I think that Nick is right to link his personal experience to this news item. This nonsense is out there already.

Anonymous said...

Even if he did sell drugs (which he didn't), that's no reason to get murdered.

Tim said...

I agree with anonymous. It was a racist murder, end of story, drug dealing or not (not). Why bring it up.

Anonymous said...

About 18 years late...

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