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UK NewsStephen Lawrence murder suspect Jamie Acourt admits being ringleader of massive cannabis gang

17:50  06 december  2018
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Stephen Lawrence (13 September 1974 – 22 April 1993) was a black British teenager from Plumstead, south east London, who was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Well Hall, Eltham on the evening of 22 April 1993.

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Stephen Lawrence murder suspect Jamie Acourt admits being ringleader of massive cannabis gang © PA Images

A suspect in the Stephen Lawrence murder has admitted he was at the top of a multi-million pound drugs operation.

Jamie Acourt, 42, had initially denied being part of the drugs gang but sensationally changed his plea to guilty on the second day of his trial in south-west London today.

Acourt was arrested in Barcelona earlier this year, where he lived under the name of Simon Alfonzo, after going on the run when police raided his home in Bexley in February 2016.

On the first day of his trial at Kingston Crown Court yesterday, Judge Peter Lodder QC reminded jurors that Acourt had not been convicted over 18-year-old Stephen's death.

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A man who was a suspect in the murder of Stephen Lawrence is accused of being one of the " ringleaders " of a conspiracy to supply "huge quantities" of cannabis resin, a court has heard. Jamie Acourt , originally from Eltham, south-east London, was extradited from Spain

He said: 'The defendant in this case is Jamie Acourt. His name may be familiar to you because it has been alleged that he played a part in the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

'He has never been convicted of any offence arising out of the investigation into that death.

'This trial is solely concerned with the allegation of conspiracy to supply cannabis during the years 2014 to 2016.'

Acourt has always denied involvement in the racist attack, in which a group of white men fatally stabbed the black 18-year-old in Eltham in 1993.

The court heard yesterday that he was integral to the 'long-running conspiracy to supply huge quantities' of hashish between London and South Shields.

His brother sibling, Neil Acourt, has already been convicted.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said: 'Since the delivery men were taking most of the risks and the defendant and his brother were receiving the money, the prosecution allege that the defendant and his brother must have been the ringleaders.

'That the defendant and his brother were at the heart of what was going on is also apparent from the fact that among the delivery men were the fathers of their respective partners.'

Lee Birks, 57, is the stepfather of Jamie Acourt's partner, while Jack Vose, 65, is Neil Court's father-in-law, the prosecutor said.

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