One of the murderers of Stephen Lawrence has been attacked in prison, potentially leaving him permanently disfigured. David Norris was set upon by two other inmates wielding makeshift “shanks” that consisted of razor blades melted into prison-issue toothbrushes.
The attack allegedly left him howling “in agony” as prison officers separated him from his assailants at Dartmoor prison on Sunday morning.
Norris was sent to prison for life in 2012 for his part in the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
Lawrence was just 18 when a five-person mob killed him in a racist attack at a bus stop in Eltham, South East London, in 1993.
Gary Dobson was jailed for life, along with Norris, for the murder.
Jamie Acourt – who has also been attacked while in prison on separate charges – and his brother Neil were both arrested but not convicted.
However, a fifth man, Luke Knight, was never arrested or charged.
Sources told The Sun that, while an investigation is underway, the prison attack is not thought to be linked to Stephen Lawrence’s murder.
The brutal incident was instead said to be motivated by an earlier row in prison.
A source went on to say: “Norris didn’t stand a chance. He was cut up badly. There was a lot of blood.”
Norris reportedly had blood pouring from his face after his assailants slashed him “from his forehead to his chin” while two others kept watch.
Two men were allegedly put on report and moved away from other inmates.
David Norris, the son of infamous South London gangster Clifford Norris, was taken to hospital after the attack and was kept in overnight, but is expected to return to prison in the next 24 hours.
He was also recently caught with a prohibited mobile phone in jail.
Norris allegedly had his WhatsApp status set as: “Coming home in 2 to liven you all up.”
He also used the phone to access social media and stream videos from YouTube.
A spokesperson for the Prison Service said: “A prisoner at HMP Dartmoor is being treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries following an assault by two prisoners.
“We are unable to comment further while police investigate.”
In May this year, attempts to move David Norris to an open jail were blocked by now re-appointed Justice Secretary Dominic Raab.