Stephen Lawrence killer ‘moved to tougher prison’ for having mobile phone
Stephen Lawrence killer ‘moved to tougher prison’ for having mobile phone
Stephen Lawrence killer ‘moved to tougher prison’ for having mobile phone

Stephen Lawrence killer David Norris - pictured left with a mobile phone
Stephen Lawrence killer David Norris – pictured left with a mobile phone

One of the men who murdered Stephen Lawrence has been moved to a more secure prison after he was allegedly caught twice with a mobile phone, according to reports.

David Norris – jailed for life alongside Gary Dobson in 2012 – will continue to serve his sentence at Category B HMP Exeter after he was found with a phone in his cell at Category C HMP Dartmoor, it is claimed.

He will stripped of some privileges and is likely to be denied the prospect of moving to an open prison ahead of the possibility of parole in years to come, the Daily Mail reports.

The newspaper revealed in September how Norris had been sending WhatsApp messages and selfies from his cell to friends on the outside, as well as using the device to access YouTube and Facebook.

He is said to have posted one selfie wearing a gold watch and aviator sunglasses in his cell – as he boasted of being out in two years.  

Following a tipoff, officials are said to have found a device in an intimate part of his body.

The discovery infuriated then-justice secretary, Brandon Lewis, who vowed Norris would face ‘consequences’.

But he is believed to have been caught with a phone on a second occasion weeks later.

A file photo dated June 30 1998 shows David Norris (C), one of five youths charged, but not convicted of the murder of London teenager Stephen Lawrence as he runs for cover as he and some of the others are pelted with eggs after leaving a Public Inquiry into police handling of the case in London. David Norris and Gary Dobson were found guilty of murdering Stephen Lawrence January 3, 2012 after a second trial at London's Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey. Alongside Norris in the picture are Luke Knight (2ndL), Neil Acourt (L wearing striped shirt), and Jamie Acourt (R wearing white shirt). REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN) Tags: (CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
Norris (centre) was pelted with eggs after leaving a public inquiry into the police handling of the murder in 1998 (Picture: Reuters)

Former president of the Police Superintendents’ Association, Lord McKenzie of Framwellgate, said Norris was ‘sticking two fingers up at the justice system’.

Raising the matter in the House of Lords, he said: ‘The minister will be aware of the recent case of David Norris, the murderer of Stephen Lawrence, who was found with a mobile phone in his cell at Dartmoor for the second time.

‘Will the minister tell the House what action the Ministry of Justice has taken to stop this egregious breach of security?’

Conservative minister Lord Bellamy replied: ‘I cannot comment on the specific case, although I know that action has been taken.’ 

In a statement seen by, the Ministry of Justice said: ‘Prisoners who break the rules can face longer behind bars or moves to higher-security conditions.’

Stephen Lawrence.murdered teenager PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 14, 2008. An architectural centre built in honour of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence was vandalised last night, only one week after it opened, police said. The incident is being treated as racial and is being investigated by the hate crime unit, Scotland Yard confirmed. See PA story POLICE Lawrence. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Stephen Lawrence was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack on April 22, 1993 (Picture: PA)

Norris and Dobson murdered 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence in an unprovoked racist attack on April 22, 1993.

It was almost 19 years later before they were finally brought to justice for the ‘evil’ killing at the Old Bailey in 2012.

Last month it was claimed Norris was savaged by two other inmates in a ‘planned attack’ leaving him with scarred for life.

Prison officers were forced to drag him to safety as he ‘howled in agony’, according to reports.

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