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Stephen Lawrence killer to get £10,000 damages

RACIST: David Norris is one of two men convicted of murdering Stephen Lawrence

ONE OF the men who murdered Stephen Lawrence 25 years ago is to receive damages from the Ministry of Justice after he was attacked in prison.

David Norris was involved in an altercation at HMP Belmarsh in 2011 in which his broken nose and ribs were broken.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: "We robustly defend all claims and are successful in two thirds of cases brought against us by prisoners."

The attack took place during the time Norris was being held on remand for the murder trial.

The 41-year-old was sentenced to life in prison for murdering 18-year-old Stephen.

Norris sued for £10,000, according to reports and claimed that three black inmates set upon him with a knife and a sock filled with tins.

The convicted murder claimed officials had left him susceptible to harm by placing him in a wing with a “large number” of violent black prisoners.

No one was ever charged in relation to the assualt.

Stephen Batten QC, Norris’ defence lawyer, said that he had been beaten up several times while in prison on remand.

Batten told jurors that in addition to Norris’ broken nose and ribs, four of his teeth had also been knocked out.

This April marked the 25th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s death.

An annual national day of commemoration, Stephen Lawrence Day, was announced by the government around the time of the milestone anniversary. It will take place each year on April 22.

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