Five Stephen Lawrence suspects ‘have been handed £800,000 in legal aid since the murder in 1993’

The five men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence have been granted more than £800,000 in legal aid, it emerged last night.

Since Stephen’s death in 1993 lawyers acting for Gary Dobson, David Norris, Jamie and Neil Acourt and Luke Knight have received £813,384.

In contrast Stephen’s parents Neville and Doreen were denied legal aid when they tried to launch a private prosecution a year after the death.

The five men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence (pictured) have been granted more than £800,000 in legal aid, it emerged last night. Since Stephen’s death in 1993 lawyers acting for Gary Dobson, David Norris, Jamie and Neil Acourt and Luke Knight have received £813,384

The five men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence (pictured) have been granted more than £800,000 in legal aid, it emerged last night. Since Stephen’s death in 1993 lawyers acting for Gary Dobson, David Norris, Jamie and Neil Acourt and Luke Knight have received £813,384

The five men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence (pictured) have been granted more than £800,000 in legal aid, it emerged last night. Since Stephen’s death in 1993 lawyers acting for Gary Dobson, David Norris, Jamie and Neil Acourt and Luke Knight have received £813,384

The family’s lawyer Imran Khan then took on the case for free.

Most of the £800,000 went on the murder trial of Dobson and Norris, The Sun reported.

The pair are serving a life sentence for the killing after a forensic breakthrough led to a second trial six years ago.

Lawyers received almost £268,000 for Norris, who sued the Ministry of Justice after claiming not enough was done to protect him from fellow inmates after an attack at Belmarsh jail in 2011. 

In contrast Stephen’s parents Doreen and Neville were denied legal aid when they tried to launch a private prosecution a year after the death

In contrast Stephen’s parents Doreen and Neville were denied legal aid when they tried to launch a private prosecution a year after the death

Neville Lawrence

Neville Lawrence

In contrast Stephen’s parents Doreen and Neville were denied legal aid when they tried to launch a private prosecution a year after the death

The Legal Aid Agency, which provides both civil and criminal legal aid and advice, have been criticised for granting suspects significant amounts of money while denying backing to victims.

Lawyers received almost £268,000 for Norris, who sued the Ministry of Justice after claiming not enough was done to protect him from fellow inmates after an attack at Belmarsh jail in 2011

Lawyers received almost £268,000 for Norris, who sued the Ministry of Justice after claiming not enough was done to protect him from fellow inmates after an attack at Belmarsh jail in 2011

Lawyers received almost £268,000 for Norris, who sued the Ministry of Justice after claiming not enough was done to protect him from fellow inmates after an attack at Belmarsh jail in 2011

Richard Taylor, father of ten-year-old Damilola, who was fatally stabbed in Peckham, south London, in 2000, told The Sun: ‘Those who need legal support don’t get it.’

The Legal Aid Agency said those applying for the provision may have to contribute after they have been means-tested.

A spokesman added: ‘The criteria for eligibility in civil cases has significantly changed and is now more robust.’

Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death by a gang of five white youths in 1993 as he waited for a bus at Eltham, south-east London, with his friend Duwayne Brooks.

In February 1997, in a famous front page, the Mail accused Norris’s gang of murdering the 18-year-old in a savage and unprovoked attack.

Neil Acourt, 43, was recently released from a six-year jail term for masterminding a £4million cannabis ring.

His brother, Jamie, 42, the fourth man we named, was arrested in Spain last summer over cannabis trafficking charges and was sentenced to nine years after going on the run for more than two years.

The final murder suspect, Luke Knight, remains a free man.

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