ARROGANT David Norris and Gary Dobson showed pure
contempt for the murder probe when they were quizzed by cops.
Tapes from September 2010 released yesterday by
police show them stone-walling every question with silence or a curt:
But in the end it was DNA from a minuscule spot of
Stephen's blood — the smallest bloodstain ever used in evidence in a
British court — that nailed the sick pair.
In the video DOBSON'S cold expression does not
change as he is quizzed about the blood being on his jacket.
Asked for an explanation, he stays silent and
stares at the floor. And he gives the same brazen response to a string
of further questions.
An off-screen officer says: "I am asking you to
account for the presence of Stephen Lawrence's blood on item exhibit
LH5, a grey yellow jacket found in your possession at the time of your
arrest. What is your explanation for that being there?"
Dobson arrogantly glances at him and there is
silence for ten seconds.
The policeman then asks: "Okay, the second question
relating to that, as a special warning, I'm asking you to account for
the presence of fibres on your jacket, again exhibit LH5.
"These being identical to those in a red polo shirt
worn by Stephen Lawrence at the time he was murdered. What is your
explanation for those fibres being found?"
Then that part of the tape ends.
also shows contempt for the questioning officer. Asked why Stephen's
hair was found on jeans seized from his bedroom, he replies: "No
comment." Then he fixes the officer with an insolent stare and replies
the same to every question.
"Can you give me an explanation why this hair is recovered from an item
of clothing seized on May 7, 93, from your bedroom some two weeks after
looking down, shakes his head:
Officer: "Is there
an innocent explanation for how this hair has appeared on those jeans?"
"The finding of that hair would tend to suggest David that you were at
the scene of Stephen Lawrence's murder and may or was almost certainly
involved in his death. What do you say to that?"
Norris looks away:
"How can it be possible that Stephen Lawrence's hair is found on your
jeans? Please give me an explanation."
"If there was a simple explanation could you explain that to me now?"
silence was futile, thanks to new techniques with DNA evidence that were
developed from the Damilola Taylor stabbing case. It enabled scientists
to find a tiny spot of blood and hair and fibres on clothes belonging to
Dobson and Norris.
Experts believe the same forensic advances could
crack two other big cases — by being used to test evidence from the 2007
disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the 1999 murder of TV Crimewatch
presenter Jill Dando.
The big Stephen
Lawrence breakthrough came in early 2008 when an invisible spot of his
blood, 0.25mm by 0.5mm, was found by scientist Edward Jarman on the
collar of Dobson's Supertramp jacket.
It is is believed
to be the smallest bloodstain ever to be used in evidence in a British
Mr Jarman said: "I
think we were very aware it was going to be a significant finding."
Det Chief Inspector
Clive Driscoll recalled: "I got the news while at a 15th anniversary
memorial service for Stephen.
"As I walked out of
the church I had a message on my phone from Mr Jarman saying he had
found blood on the collar of Dobson's jacket. It was one of those
moments you never forget."
The DNA profile
from the blood showed there was a one in a billion chance it was not
scientists were also able to prove the blood was wet when it seeped into
the fabric of the collar — meaning Dobson must have been present when
Stephen was stabbed.