Sir: With the collapse of the trial of those alleged to have been responsible for the death of Stephen Lawrence (report, 25 April), I am left with a profound sense of shock but not surprise. The judge, it seems, would not allow evidence even to come before a jury. So the months and years of agony of Neville and Doreen Lawrence is prolonged.
How can it be that a young boy is murdered on the streets of Britain and nobody is prosecuted for his death?
The answer seems to be that if you are black you can not expect equal justice before the law, a conclusion long held by most black people and one this trial and decision does nothing to assuage.