Stephen Lawrence's suspected murder Jamie Acourt, 42, faces the prison after admitting that he is the ringleader of the massive cannabis gang that shipped £ 7.4 million of drugs across the UK
- Jamie Acourt pleaded guilty of drug dealing on the second day of trial today
- His brother has already been incarcerated for cannabis trafficking in the North East
- Both brothers were suspected in Stephen's racist murder Lawrence in 1993
Richard Spillett, correspondent of the crime for Mailonline
A suspect in the assassination of Stephen Lawrence has admitted that he is at the top of a multibillion-dollar drug gang.
Jamie Acourt, 42, and his brother Neil, 43, who was another suspect in Lawrence, was the head of a gang that shifted £ 7.4m of cannabis between London and the northeast between 2014 and 2016.
Acourt was arrested in Barcelona at the start of this year, where he lived under the name Simon Alfonzo, after escaping when the police broke into his home in Bexley in February 2016.
Jamie Acourt has admitted to being part of a gang of drug dealers after being extradited from Spain. It is depicted in custody in Barcelona
On the first day of the trial in Kingston Crown Court yesterday, Judge Peter Lodder QC reminded jurors that Acourt had not been convicted of the death of eighteen year old Stephen in 1993.
He said: "The defendant in this case is Jamie Acourt." His name may be familiar to you because he was accused of participating in the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993.
"He was never convicted of any criminal offense from the investigation of that death.
"This process only deals with conspiracy charges for the supply of cannabis in the years 2014-2016."
Acourt has always denied involvement in the racist attack, in which a group of white men mortally stabbed the 18-year-old Black-Elder at Eltham in 1993.
The court heard yesterday to be an integral part of the " long-standing conspiracy to provide huge amounts of hashish between London and South Shields.
a lengthy surveillance operation of the band's activity,
But the officers went home of Jamie, in south-east London, which had already vanished.
He disappeared in Spain, where he lived in the trendy district of Diagonal Mar in Barcelona until, last May, he was arrested while leaving a gym.
Acourt's brother, Neil Acourt, has already been convicted of a drug crime.
The murder that shocked the nation
L & # 39; Murder of Stephen Lawrence in the parking lot in 1993
Acourt and his brother were teenagers when Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death at a 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 imprisoned for life after a DNA discovery.
But the Acourt brothers have never been convicted.
At the time of Stephen's death, the Acourts described themselves as the Krays, modeling themselves on the brothers who dominated the criminal world of London in the 1960s.
is believed to have been responsible for a series of violent attacks, which invariably show knives.
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said, "Because the bellboys were taking most of the risks and the defendant and his brother were receiving the money, the prosecution claims that the defendant and his brother must have been the chiefs of orchestra.
"The fact that the accused and his brother were at the center of what was happening is also evident from the fact that among the delivery men were the fathers of the their respective members. "
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 without a permanent address, is one of the seven men now convicted of the plot.
The couriers made the 600-mile journey to South Shields to deliver drugs, collect money, or both and 34 trips were made over the two-year period
money it was collected, it was delivered to Jamie or Neil Acourt in south-east London, the court heard.
Another deliveror, Darren Thompson, was arrested in May 2015 while he was about to take over 100 pounds of cannabis worth £ 200,000.
Vose was found with 100 kilos of resin in South Shields on February 1, 2016, the court heard.
Neil Acourt, Vose, 57-year-old Birks, Paul Beavers, 51, Thompson , 30 and James Botton, 46, were all convicted of constipation ration to supply class B drugs and convicted.