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Stephen Lawrence detective may have 'acted corruptly'

A major review has found evidence to suspect one of the detectives on the original Stephen Lawrence murder investigation acted corruptly.

Stephen Lawrence Credit: Press Association

The report by Mark Ellison QC found there was a high level of suspicion that former Detective Sergeant John Davidson was corrupt both before and after he worked on the police investigation.

The review added that there are still lines of inquiry that may be capable of providing evidence of corruption among other officers, although that evidence does not currently exist.

The Ellison report says that:

  • In July 1998, Scotland Yard's Anti-Corruption Command held a debriefing with former Detective Constable Neil Putnam, in which he made claims against Mr Davidson
  • The barrister says that both the intelligence picture suggesting Mr Davidson was a corrupt officer and the content of Mr Putnam's debriefing should have been revealed to the public inquiry led by Sir William Macpherson

It is a source of some concern to us that nobody in the MPS who was aware of the detail of what Neil Putnam was saying about Mr Davidson appears to have thought to ask him about Mr Davidson's motives in the Lawrence case.

– Ellison report
Doreen and Neville Lawrence seen in 1995 Credit: Press Association

Stephen, who was 18, was stabbed to death by a group of up to six white youths, in an unprovoked racist attack as he waited at a bus stop in Eltham with a friend on April 22 1993. It took more than 18 years to bring two of Stephen's killers to justice.

Mr Ellison QC, who was commissioned by the Home Secretary to conduct the review, successfully prosecuted Gary Dobson and David Norris for Stephen's murder in 2012.

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