Doreen Lawrence, the mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, was in Belfast last week to deliver the P.J.McGrory Human Rights lecture, which was part of the West Belfast Festival. Patrick J.McGrory was a Solicitor, an Irish Republican, but also a constitutionalist and a human rights campaigner. He died in 1994.
Mrs.Lawrence was among friends at this festival as it was not “Britain – friendly” and neither is she, although she and her husband were happy to take British money, in the form of a cool £ 320,000 in compensation from the Metropolitan Police for “bungling their son’s murder investigation.”
The Lawrence’s rejected a settlement of £175,000 (obviously not enough) and held out for more. As part of her legal action, Mrs.Lawrence submitted a detailed list of expenses. Her “statement of claim” included demands for,
£98,898 for loss of earnings caused by psychiatric illness.
£22,352 for the effect of the Police investigation on her studies in the 1990’s.
There were other expenses claimed in addition to the above. The liberal media,for the most part, ignore these disconcerting facts because they might tarnish the “halo” of secular “saint” Doreen. However, the Daily Mail did publish details of the compensation claim by the Lawrences in their newspaper of October 14th, 2000, but thereafter, they had nothing but praise for the Lawrences and championed their cause.
Certainly, the Lawrences deserved justice for their son Stephen, but all that money, well that is something else entirely. Two men were convicted of their son’s murder in January this year. We can only hope that the men now behind bars are the killers because, if not, the guilty party are still at liberty and justice is not served if/when a wrong judgement is handed down.