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Stephen Lawrence murder suspect jailed for drug dealing

Gary Dobson pictured in 1998
Image caption Gary Dobson was cleared of the murder in 1996

One of the suspects in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence 17 years ago has begun a five-year jail term for drug dealing.

Gary Dobson, 35, admitted supplying a class B drug and was jailed at London's Kingston Crown Court.

He was caught during a sting by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

Dobson was one of five people arrested over the death of Mr Lawrence, 18, who was killed as he waited for a bus in Eltham, south-east London, in 1993.

Dobson was cleared of murder after a private prosecution, brought by the Lawrence family, collapsed at the Old Bailey in 1996.

Mr Lawrence's killing became one of the highest-profile unsolved racially-motivated murders and sparked an inquiry into why the case was not resolved.

On Thursday Dobson appeared in court alongside 62-year-old Stephen Fennell, who was jailed for 14 years for possession of drugs with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.

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