Jamie Acourt: Lawrence murder suspect admits cannabis charge

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Julia Quenzler Jamie Acourt was never convicted of any offence related to Stephen Lawrence's death

A suspect in the 1993 racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply "huge quantities" of cannabis resin.

Jamie Acourt, 42, had previously denied the charge but changed his plea on the second day of his trial at Kingston Crown Court.

Acourt, originally from Eltham, south-east London, was extradited from Spain where he was living until his arrest in May.

He is due to be sentenced on Friday.

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

Jurors were earlier told of the allegation against him and warned they should consider him solely on the trial's evidence.

The basis of his plea was that it was agreed with the prosecution he was involved in the conspiracy to supply between 1 January 2014 and 2 May 2015 only.

His 43-year-old brother Neil Acourt has already been jailed for more than six years over the drugs scheme.

Prosecutors believe both were ringleaders and they enlisted family members to the scheme that saw drugs transported between London and South Shields, Tyne and Wear.