Saturday 21 April 2018

Stephen Lawrence murder trial: Jury shown video of racist rants

Margaret Davis and Shenai Raif

A POLICE video of obscene racist rants by two men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence were shown to a jury today.

Extracts of the surveillance video shot at Gary Dobson's flat in Eltham, south east London in 1994 were shown to a jury at the Old Bailey.

In one of the clips co-defendant David Norris said: "If I was going to kill myself do you know what I would do? I would go and kill every black c***, every paki, every copper, every mug that I know I'm telling you."

Later he went on: "I would go down Catford and places like that I am telling you now, with two sub machine guns, and I am telling you I would take one of them, skin the black c*** alive mate, torture him, set him alight...I would blow their two arms and legs off and say "go on, you can swim home now". They would be bobbing around like that."

One clip showed another man who is not on trial, Neil Acourt, who hid a knife in his jacket before leaving the flat with Norris.

Norris also used racist abuse when talking about a fight he was having with a "grandad" when a black man intervened.

He said: "This n***** come along and I just kneed the c*** right in the b******s... He was a f****** grown man, he was about 40 years old and I was knocking the grandad... A big n***** come along and said "leave the f****** kid alone, you silly c***"... I started going on and called him a black c*** and all that, saying he was a f****** c**n.

"He was going 'leave it out, mate'... so I went smack, punched the n***** like that and he was going 'F***, like what's going on?'."

Dobson was seen in the clips repeatedly using the word n*****, and recalling a time that he threatened a black colleague with a knife.

A scuffle broke out between the pair when Dobson stole his baseball cap, and he later threatened the colleague with a Stanley knife.

He said: "He is a black c*** but he ain't like a n*****, a rude boy or nothing. He talks like a normal f****** white geezer."

Dobson went on: "I said 'Tap me once more, you silly c***, I'm going to f****** slice this down you seven times."

He was also seen wandering around the flat with a large knife, and telling Mr Acourt that a "Paki" had won the lottery jackpot.

Dobson, 36, and Norris, 35, deny taking part in the gang attack in which Mr Lawrence was killed in Eltham, south east London, in 1993.

Before the video was shown, Mr Justice Treacy warned the jury: "You may well find it shocking. If you do, you must remember that emotion has no part to play in your decision in this trial."

The case continues.

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