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Duwayne Brooks: 'It was worth the struggle'

JUSTICE: Duwayne Brooks has welcomed the verdicts against Stephen's killers

DESPITE SUFFERING years of 'harassment and victimisation' following the racist murder of his childhood friend, Stephen Lawrence, Duwayne Brooks says the conviction of two men last week made the gruelling process "worth it."

Brooks, now 37, was the only witness to the 1993 murder in Eltham, south London, but says that despite enduring almost 18 years of "being blamed and brutalised," he said: "To see two members of that gang convicted, for me it was all worth it."

Last week Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were jailed for minimum 15 years and 2 months and David Norris, 35, a minimum 14 years and 3 months, respectively.

"For 18 years I have endured harassment and victimisation and feeling blame for the private prosecution failing, being brutalised and having false charges brought against me," Brooks told BBC's Radio 4.

He added: "To see two members of the gang convicted, for me it was all worth it."

The Liberal Democrat councillor praised the police saying they did a 'tremendous job' in bringing Lawrence's killers to justice.

"Those names have been an open secret for 18 years. We have known for 18 years the names of those who took part in the attack on Stephen Lawrence and to see two of those go down was worth the struggle," he said.

Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993 by a gang of white youths on his way home with Brooks.

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