STEPHEN SUS­PECT IS JAILED FOR 9 YEARS

Acourt guilty over £3m drugs plot

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - BRIAN READE - BY NADEEM BADSHAH

STEPHEN Lawrence mur­der sus­pect Jamie Acourt was jailed for nine years over a huge drugs plot.

Acourt, 42, fled to Spain and was on the run for more than two years be­fore be­ing ex­tra­dited for his piv­otal role in the £3mil­lion plan to run cannabis into the North East.

The gang based in Eltham, South Lon­don, used pedd­lars they knew well or were re­lated to and in two years made 34 re­turn trips of 600 miles to ferry cash or drugs.

Jurors heard Acourt, of Eltham, was never con­victed over the racist killing of Stephen, 18, in 1993. He ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy mid­way through his trial at Kingston crown court.

Steve Reynolds, of the Na­tional Crime Agency, said: “I’m de­lighted that to­day he has been brought to jus­tice.”

A 21-stone Penn­syl­va­nia woman pleaded guilty to the mur­der of her boyfriend this week.The weapon? Her bot­tom.Windi Thomas, left, told po­lice she had been drink­ing and crav­ing crack-co­caine when she smoth­ered eight-and-a-half­s­tone Keeno But­ler dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion in March.The cause of death was “res­pi­ra­tory in­suf­fi­ciency se­condary to blunt force trauma to the neck and tho­racic com­pres­sion, ex­ac­er­bated by blunt force trauma to the head”.Ms Thomas now faces be­ing sat down for up to 36 years in prison.

FLED Jamie Acourt

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