Jail terms ‘not lenient’

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Jail sentences given to two men who murdered Stephen Lawrence were not unduly lenient, the country’s top law officer has said.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve refused to refer the terms given to Gary Dobson and David Norris to the Court of Appeal.

Mr Grieve said: “This was a despicable and appalling crime. I can fully understand why some people are unhappy the minimum terms handed down were not longer.

“However, I have come to the conclusion the minimum terms are within the appropriate range of sentences, bearing in mind the offenders’ ages at the time.

Dobson has to serve at least 15 years and two months. Norris was given a minimum term of 14 years and three months for the murder.

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