Stephen Lawrence

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons am 12:00 am ar 17 Mawrth 1997.

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Photo of Mr Derek Spencer Mr Derek Spencer , Brighton, Pavilion 12:00, 17 Mawrth 1997

The hon. Gentleman is quite right that it is a great injustice that those responsible for the killing have not been brought to justice. However, he might like to bear in mind the words of Mr. Justice Curtis, who heard evidence on the voir dire at the Old Bailey from a person who said that he had witnessed the killing. Having heard the only witness on whom the private prosecution relied, the judge said: Where recognition or identification is concerned, he simply does not know in ordinary parlance whether he is on his head or his heels. In directing that the evidence should not go to the jury—and I commend these words to the House—the judge added: To do so would amount to an injustice. Adding one injustice to another does not cure the first injustice done to the Lawrence family.