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Jamie Acourt: Lawrence murder suspect jailed on drugs charge

ACOURT Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Jamie Acourt was never convicted of any offence relating to Stephen Lawrence’s death

A suspect in the 1993 racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has been jailed for nine years for conspiring to supply “huge quantities” of cannabis resin.

Jamie Acourt, 42, pleaded guilty on the second day of his trial after previously denying the charge.

Acourt, originally from Eltham, south-east London, had fled to Spain, where he was living under the alias “Simon Alfonzo” until his arrest in May.

He was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court.

Acourt was never convicted of the racist attack on Mr Lawrence and has always denied any involvement.

Jurors had been told of the allegation against him and warned they should consider him solely on the trial’s evidence.

In 2012, Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted at the Old Bailey of murdering Mr Lawrence and jailed for life.

Acourt pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to supply drugs in the period between 1 January 2014 and 2 May 2015.

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