Acourt accused in drugs trial
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.