Acourt ac­cused in drugs trial

Western Daily Press - - Uk & World News -

A MAN who was a sus­pect in the mur­der of Stephen Lawrence has gone on trial ac­cused of be­ing one of the “ring­leaders” of a con­spir­acy to sup­ply “huge quan­ti­ties” of cannabis resin.

Jamie Acourt, orig­i­nally from Eltham, south-east Lon­don, was ex­tra­dited from Spain, where he al­legedly lived in hid­ing for more than two years, us­ing the alias “Si­mon Al­fonzo”.

Ju­rors were warned be­fore the 42-year-old’s drugs trial be­gan at Kingston Crown Court on Wed­nes­day that he was never con­victed over the racist at­tack in 1993. Pros­e­cu­tor Crispin Aylett QC said Acourt was in­te­gral to the “long-run­ning con­spir­acy to sup­ply huge quan­ti­ties” of hashish be­tween Lon­don and South Shields, for which his sib­ling, Neil Acourt, has al­ready been con­victed.

“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,” Mr Aylett said, open­ing the case.

Six men, in­clud­ing 43-year-old Neil Acourt, Vose, of Bex­ley, south-east Lon­don, and Birks, of Or­p­ing­ton, Kent, have al­ready been con­victed and sen­tenced over the con­spir­acy. The trial of Jamie Acourt, cur­rently of no fixed ad­dress, con­tin­ues.

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