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British racist killers receive delayed life-imprisonment sentence

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09:18, January 05, 2012

LONDON, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Two white men who were believed to have killed a black teenager 18 years ago would be jailed for life, said a London court Wednesday.

The Old Bailey ruled that Gary Dobson, 36, was to be in prison for a minimum of 15 years and two months, while David Norris, 35, was to serve at least 14 years and three months behind bars for racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.

As the pair were juvenile when they committed the crime, the sentence was somewhat slighter, said a BBC report.

After the sentence was announced, Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen said outside the court that she was "pleased" about it, as the family's stress caused by the case was finally recognized. While the victim's father Neville hoped that other killers are brought to justice as well.

In April, 1993, Stephen Lawrence, 18 then, was waiting for bus in south London, while several white youngsters approached him. One of them insulted Lawrence and his friend with racist words, before violence began. When Lawrence finally escaped, he was found bleeding from the neck and the chest, and collapsed shortly.

Five suspects were arrested after Lawrence's death, but nobody got charged. In the following 18 years, Doreen and Neville tried all out to bring the killers to justice. The sluggishness of police in the case invited criticism of "institutionally racist."

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday that hopefully the result could bring at least some comfort to the family after "years of their struggle."

While Doreen said during an interview with BBC that although the verdict couldn't bring his son back, there were a lot of reasons to celebrate. "Racist men can no longer think they can murder the black people and get away," she said.

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