23 May 2013

Woolwich Machete Attack

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We are appalled to have witnessed the murder of an innocent man in Woolwich last night. Said Taha Idris, the Chief Executive of Swansea Bay REC, “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the victim. It is an appalling act that we do not expect to see on our streets in the UK and I wish to join millions of other people who condemn this act in the strongest terms.”

It has now transpired that the victim, a man in his twenties, was a serving member of the armed forces. According to witnesses accounts he is believed to have been hit by a car in a busy area of Woolwich outside the army barracks. He was then subjected to an attack by two men possessing various weapons including a machete and a handgun.  Two men are believed to have been shot at the scene by the armed response unit from Metropolitan Police. They are now under arrest in a London hospital.

Following the incident there have been, what is believed to be racist attacks on mosques, one in Gillingham and one in Essex.

Mr Idris has appealed for people to be on the look out to discourage rogue elements of society from embarking on a journey of repercussions against innocent people. “This is one of those times when we have to show the strength of our mutual trust that we have generated over the years in our area”, he said.

 

04 Jan 2012

Killers of Stephen Lawrence get life sentences

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Stephen Lawrence’s killers, who were yesterday convicted of the racist murder, have been given life sentences. The pair will now serve a minimum of 15 and 14 years respectively.

Constrained by laws in this matter, Mr Justice Treacy, in announcing his judgement, clarified that he would have considered higher minimum sentences because of the nature of the vile murder, however the sentences reflect the fact that both defendants were juveniles when they committed the offence. Consequently, Dobson will now serve a minimum of 15 years and Norris will serve a minimum of 14 years.  Two previous failed attempts to convict the pair has now been righted because of new evidence made possible by advances in forensic science. It relates to blood stains found on Dobson’s jacket and a single piece of hair belonging to Stephen Lawrence which was found on Norris’ jeans.

The trial and subsequent conviction brings a closure to one of the most hotly debated racist murders of the twentieth century. Swansea Bay REC would like to pay respects to all who campaigned so hard to bring this result. Swansea Bay REC would also like to think that the unfortunate victim of such racial hatred has left a lasting legacy which has brought about sea-changes in the attitudes of UK public sector. Everyone now knows what Institutional Racism relates to.