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Stephen Lawrence - Well Hall Road, Eltham, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 27.794 E 000° 03.040
31U E 295134 N 5705465
Quick Description: Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racially motivated attack, on 22nd April 1993. This memorial, that was placed at the spot where he died, has itself been the subject of attacks. The 20th anniversary passed in April 2013.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/26/2013 12:01:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMHDA0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

The Daily Mail website carries an article about the 20th anniversary of Stephen's murder:

Doreen Lawrence visits scene where son Stephen was stabbed to death as stonemason reveals how he has secretly tended memorial for 15 years

    Stone plaque was first destroyed in a hammer attack in 1996
    Since then paint and flammable liquid has been thrown on it

Stephen Lawrence's mother today visited the spot where her son Stephen took his last breath - to find it covered in floral tributes from the public.

Doreen Lawrence was photographed kneeling at the roadside memorial in Eltham, South East London, reading messages and notes left by well-wishers, some of whom stopped to speak and hug her.

The outpouring of support comes as a stonemason has spoken for the first time about his secret commitment to keep murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence's memory alive.

Gordon Newton and his daughter Elaine Cobb, have spent 15 years repairing and tending to the stone plaque laid at the spot where the teenager was killed in a racist attack in April 1993.

But until now the unassuming pair have kept their constant task - which they do without charge - completely quiet.

The memorial marble stone rests in the pavement in Well Hall Road, Eltham next to a tree where Stephen died in the attack.

Mr Newton, who has also designed a Battle of Britain memorial wall at Capel-le-Ferne near Folkestone, Kent, said: 'We will look after the Stephen Lawrence memorial for as long as we live.
'It will always be maintained. It is a focus point for the whole thing.

'Stephen isn't buried here in England, so the memorial plaque is somewhere that family and friends can come to remember him.

'Stephen's parents have been through so much and this is something little that we can do to help them.

'Elaine has three sons and we think one of them might like to become a stonemason too, so hopefully he will be able to continue looking after the memorial even when we are gone.'

The black granite slab is set into the pavement at the spot where Stephen died after an attack at a nearby bus stop. The memorial, that has been defaced on occasions, simply reads:

In Memory Of
Stephen Lawrence
13.9.1971
22.4.1993
May He Rest In Peace

Wikipeia tells us of the incident and what followed:

Stephen Lawrence (13 September 1974 – 22 April 1993) was a Black British man from Eltham, south east London, who was murdered in a racist attack while waiting for a bus on the evening of 22 April 1993. The case became a cause célèbre and one of the highest profile racial killings in UK history; its fallout included profound cultural changes to attitudes on racism and the police, and to the law and police practice, and the partial revocation of double jeopardy laws, before two of the perpetrators were convicted almost 20 years later in 2012.

After the initial investigation, five suspects were arrested but not convicted. It was suggested during the course of that investigation that the murder was racially motivated and that Lawrence was killed because he was black, and that the handling of the case by the police and Crown Prosecution Service was affected by issues of race. A public inquiry was held in 1998, headed by Sir William Macpherson, that examined the original Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) investigation and concluded that the force was "institutionally racist". It also recommended that the double jeopardy rule should be abrogated in murder cases to allow a retrial upon new and compelling evidence; this became law in 2005. The publication in 1999 of the resulting Macpherson Report has been called 'one of the most important moments in the modern history of criminal justice in Britain'. The then-Home Secretary Jack Straw commented in 2012 that ordering the inquiry was "the single most important decision I made as Home Secretary". In 2010 the case was described as being "one of the highest-profile unsolved racially-motivated murders".

On 18 May 2011, following a cold case review, it was announced that two of the original suspects, Gary Dobson and David Norris, were to stand trial for the murder in the light of "new and substantial evidence" becoming available. At the same time it was disclosed that Dobson's original acquittal had been quashed by the Court of Appeal, allowing a retrial to take place. Such an appeal had only become possible following the 2005 change in the law, although Dobson was not the first person to be retried for murder as a result.

A jury was selected on 14 November 2011, and the trial started on the following day. On 3 January 2012, Dobson and Norris were found guilty of Lawrence's murder, and were sentenced on 4 January 2012 to detention at Her Majesty's Pleasure, equivalent to a life sentence for an adult, with minimum terms of 15 years 2 months and 14 years 3 months respectively[ for what the judge described as a "terrible and evil crime". The sentences would have been far longer but the crime had been committed many years previously and before adulthood, requiring sentencing as juveniles according to the law as it stood at the time of the murder

Type of publication: Newspaper

When was the article reported?: 4/23/2012

Publication: Daily Mail website

Article Url: [Web Link]

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How widespread was the article reported?: national

News Category: Crime

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