Metropolitan Police name new suspect in Stephen Lawrence murder

Matthew White has been named by Scotland Yard

A brand new suspect within the homicide of Stephen Lawrence has been named for the primary time on Monday.

The Metropolitan Police stated Matthew White first got here to the pressure’s consideration as a witness in 1993, the 12 months Mr Lawrence, 18, was fatally stabbed in a racist assault close to a bus cease in Eltham, South East London.

He was arrested and interviewed in March 2000 and in December 2013 and a file submitted to prosecutors in Could 2005 and October 2014.

White, who died in 2021 on the age of fifty, was named by police on Monday following an investigation by the BBC which discovered officers mishandled key inquiries associated to him.

The BBC stated it had gathered proof in opposition to White after re-examining the case after 30 years which included tracing witnesses and reviewing police paperwork.

It stated its findings raises questions on Scotland Yard’s 2020 determination to cease investigating the case and implicates different suspects who stay free.

Stephen Lawrence was murdered in 1993

Stephen Lawrence was murdered in 1993

5 males had been named as suspects after the homicide, however the public inquiry stated there have been “5 – 6” attackers.

David Norris and Gary Dobson got life sentences in 2012, whereas the opposite three – Luke Knight and brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt – haven’t been convicted of the crime.

Duwayne Brooks, a pal of Stephen Lawrence who was with him on the night time he was murdered has persistently stated there have been six attackers.

Initially often known as Witness Okay, White was named publicly for the primary time on the trial of David Norris and Gary Dobson in 2011, however solely as a witness.

However the BBC uncovered proof White had informed witnesses he was current on the assault, offered a false alibi to police, whereas police surveillance images confirmed he resembled eyewitness accounts of an unidentified fair-haired attacker.

In response to the BBC investigation, the Met stated: “Though two males had been convicted of Stephen’s homicide in 2012, we all know different suspects haven’t but been delivered to justice.

“Matthew White first got here to our consideration as a witness in 1993. He was arrested and interviewed in March 2000 and in December 2013 and a file submitted to prosecutors in Could 2005 and October 2014.

“On each events the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) suggested there was no practical prospect of conviction of White for any offence.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Ward added: “The impression of the racist homicide of Stephen Lawrence and subsequent inquiries continues to be felt all through policing.

“Sadly, too many errors had been made within the preliminary investigation and the impression of them continues to be seen.

“On the thirtieth anniversary of Stephen’s homicide, Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley apologised for our failings and I repeat that apology at this time.”

Mr Lawrence’s father Neville stated any additional inquiries within the wake of the BBC investigation must be carried out by one other pressure. “They need to be capable of discover a respectable police pressure who might examine,” he informed the BBC.

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