Stephen Lawrence murder suspect Jamie Acourt admits being drug gang kingpin - Daily Mail

A suspect in the Stephen Lawrence.

Jamie Acourt is expected to be handed to a lengthy sentence.

Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of Stephen's murder in 2012 and jailed for life following a DNA breakthrough.

Acourt's brother Neil, who was another Lawrence suspect, was jailed over the same drugs plot last year. Neither of the brothers have never been convicted over the Lawrence murder.

Jamie Acourt has been part of a drug-dealing gang after being extradited from Spain. He is pictured in custody in Barcelona

Jamie Acourt has been part of a drug-dealing gang after being extradited from Spain. He is pictured in custody in Barcelona

Jamie Acourt has been part of a drug-dealing gang after being extradited from Spain. He is pictured in custody in Barcelona

Into Stephen's death in 1998, Acourt and his friends

Into Stephen's death in 1998, Acourt and his friends

Into Stephen's death in 1998, Acourt and his friends

Jamie Acourt denied the drugs plot, but suddenly changed his plea to guilty on the second day of the trial today.

£ 7.4 million between London and the North East between 2014 and 2016.

The 42-year-old was arrested in Barcelona earlier this year, where he was living under the name of Simon Alfonzo after being on the run when police investigating the drugs gang raided his Bexley home in February 2016.

At Kingston Crown Court yesterday, Judge Peter Lodder QC reminded jurors that Actress had not been convicted over 18-year-old Stephen's 1993 death.

He said: 'The defendant in this case is Jamie Acourt. It was alleged to have played a part in the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

He has never been convicted of any offense arising from the investigation into that death. This trial is concerned with the allegation of conspiracy to cannabis during the years 2014 to 2016. '

Jamie's brother Neil also ran the drugs gang and was previously jailed

Jamie's brother Neil also ran the drugs gang and was previously jailed

Jamie's brother Neil (pictured, left, after his arrest in 2016 and right after the 1998 public inquiry) also ran the drugs gang and was previously jailed

Two original suspects, Gary Dobson (pictured) and David Norris, were convicted of murdering Stephen in 2012 and jailed for life

Two original suspects, Gary Dobson (pictured) and David Norris, were convicted of murdering Stephen in 2012 and jailed for life

Two original suspects, Gary Dobson and David Norris (pictured), were convicted of murdering Stephen in 2012 and jailed for life

Two original suspects, Gary Dobson and David Norris (pictured), were convicted of murdering Stephen in 2012 and jailed for life

Two original suspects, Gary Dobson (left) and David Norris (right), were convicted of murdering Stephen in 2012 and jailed for life

The Daily Mail naming all five suspects beneath the headline 'MURDERERS' in 1997

The Daily Mail naming all five suspects beneath the headline 'MURDERERS' in 1997

The Daily Mail naming all five suspects beneath the headline 'MURDERERS' in 1997

18-year-old in Eltham in 1993, Acourt has been denied involvement in the racist attack.

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

The racist murder that shocked the nation

Stephen Lawrence's murder parking outrage in 1993

Stephen Lawrence's murder parking outrage in 1993

Stephen Lawrence's murder parking outrage in 1993

Actress and his brother were teenagers when Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death at the bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, in April 1993.

Two of the other suspects, Gary Dobson and David Norris, were convicted of murder in 2012 and jailed for life following a DNA breakthrough.

But the Acourt brothers have never been convicted.

At the time of Stephen's death, the same as the Krays, modeling themselves on the brothers who dominated London's criminal underworld in the 1960s.

The knives are invincible for you.

The gang was rounded up after a police carried out.

But when he went to Jamie's home in south-east London, he had already vanished.

He disappeared in May, where he lived in the trendy Diagonal Mar district of Barcelona.

Acourt's brother, Neil, was sentenced to six years and three months' imprisonment over the drugs plot in February last year.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said: 'Since the delivery was most of the risks and the 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 same time from the fact that they 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.

Acourt, currently not a fixed address, is one of seven men now convicted over the plot.

Couriers made the 600 mile round trip to the South Shields to deliver drugs, collect money, or both and 34 journeys were made over the two year period.

It was handed to Jamie or Neil Acourt back in south-east London, the court heard.

Another delivery man, Darren Thompson, was arrested in May 2015 as he was about to take 100 kilos of cannabis worth £ 200,000.

Vose was found with 100 kilos of resin in South Shields on February 1, 2016, the court heard.

Vose, Birks, Paul Beavers, 51, Thompson, 30, and James Botton, 46, have been convicted of conspiracy to supply class B drugs and sentenced.

Jamie Acourt, pictured after his arrest

Jamie Acourt, pictured after his arrest

Jamie Acourt, pictured in a sketch from a previous hearing

Jamie Acourt, pictured in a sketch from a previous hearing

Sketched from a previous hearing

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