Stephen Lawrence killer ‘marked for life’ after prison attack

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David Norris is said to have been disfigured by the brutal attack (Image: CPS)

One of Stephen Lawrence’s killers was reportedly attacked by two other inmates in a “planned attack” that left his face scarred.

David Norris, 46, was found with blood pouring from his face after two other inmates slashed him “from forehead to chin,” it has been claimed.

Prison officials had to step in and get Norris to safety as the killer “howled in pain”, according to The Sun.

It comes just weeks after he reportedly got his hands on a smartphone and sent jail cell selfies to friends outside.


Stephen Lawrence was murdered in 1995 (Image: PA)

David Norris exits the Stephen Lawrence Murder Inquiry held at Hannibal House, Elephant and Castle in April 1993 with Jamie Acourt and Luke Knight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 3, 2012. Two men were today found guilty of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, almost 19 years after the teenager died. Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey. Mr Lawrence was killed in April 1993 in a racist attack by a youth gang in Eltham, south-east London. See PA story COURTS Lawrence. Photo credit should read: Justin Williams/PA Wire

Norris (left blue shirt) is pelted with eggs after leaving a public inquiry into the Met’s handling of the murder in 1998 (Image: PA)

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

Norris (centre) was tried in 2012 (Image: Reuters)

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The inmate couple are said to have cornered him outside his cell before attacking him with makeshift “shafts” – knives made from razor blades that were melted into prison toothbrushes.

The attack happened just after 8.30am on Sunday at Dartmoor Prison.

Norris was taken to the hospital, where doctors said he may be “permanently disfigured”.

A source told The Sun: “Norris didn’t stand a chance. He was badly cut up. There was a lot of blood.’

Norris – who appears to be nicknamed “Nozza” – has been held separately from other prisoners while officers search the cells and try to shut down any social media accounts linked to him.

Five men have been arrested in the racist murder of Stephen after he was stabbed to death aged 18 in Eltham in the south east London, in 1993. Only two of his killers, Norris and Gary Dobson, were brought to justice. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012.

In May, then-Justice Secretary Dominic Raab blocked a bid to move Norris to an open prison, fearing he still posed a risk to the public.

Norris reportedly ranted about Raab on WhatsApp, telling his friends: “Dom Raab, your bastard, because the Nozza is definitely at home in 2 [years] and High Court now agrees. Get the party in order girls ’cause I’ll be there soon.’

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