October 23, 2021, 11:11

    Stephen Lawrence murder ­suspect’s ‘extra year in jail’ after £1.2million drugs plot

    Stephen Lawrence murder ­suspect’s ‘extra year in jail’ after £1.2million drugs plot

    A Stephen Lawrence murder ­suspect is facing another year in jail for failing to pay £90,000 he made from a £2.1million drugs plot.

    Jamie Acourt, 45, is due to appear in court next month over the proceeds of crime order after the deadline to pay up expired over the summer.

    He fled to Spain hidden in the back of a car in 2016 after being tipped off that he was wanted as a ringleader of the cannabis trafficking gang.

    Acourt, one of five suspects named over the 1993 racist murder of Stephen, 18, in Eltham, South East London, spent over two years on the run in Barcelona after his escape.

    He was finally jailed for nine years in 2018 and now faces a further 12 months after failing to pay the £90,000 in hidden assets, sources said.

    Judge Peter Lodder had told Acourt in a hearing in January at Kingston crown court, South West London: “I find hidden assets of £90,000 in respect of which I make an order with a default of 12 months in prison.”

    Acourt in 1998
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    The crook had until July to come up with the cash but failed to do so. He is due at Westminster magistrates court on October 19.

    Brother Neil Acourt, also a suspect in Stephen’s murder, was jailed for drug dealing as part of the same conspiracy.

    Any further prison time will be of little solace for Stephen’s mother Doreen who wants his killers jailed for the murder.

    She said this month: “I don’t think the Met Police has any interest in this case.”

    Gary Dobson and David Norris, were finally convicted of budding architect Stephen’s killing in 2011.

    Former suspect Luke Knight is still living near Eltham.

    Sourse: mirror.co.uk

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