Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Neil Acourt was one of five youths arrested over the racist murder of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence at a bus stop in 1993.
17:51, UK,Wednesday 02 March 2016
Neil Acourt leaves the Public Inquiry into the murder of London teenager Stephen Lawrence
A man arrested in connection with Stephen Lawrence's murder has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply drugs worth around £4m.
Neil Stuart, also known as Neil Acourt, 40, admitted the offence at Kingston Crown Court.
He spoke only to enter a guilty plea when the charge - relating to the supply of 100kg of cannabis resin - was read out to him.
Jack Vose, 62, of Backworth in Newcastle, and Daniel Thompson, 27, of South Shields in Northumbria, also pleaded guilty to the drugs offence.
The three were accused of conspiring with others to supply the Class B drug between 1 January 2014 and 2 February 2016.
A date for sentencing has yet to be set.
Acourt was one of five youths arrested over the racist murder of Stephen, 18, at a bus stop in Eltham, in 1993.
In 2012, two of them - Gary Dobson and David Norris - were convicted but the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case against Acourt.
The Lawrence family attempted a private prosecution against Acourt and two others but it collapsed in April 1996 after identification evidence was ruled inadmissible.
An inquest into Stephen's death, held in February 1997, found he had been "unlawfully killed by five white youths".
In September 2002, Norris and Acourt were jailed for 18 months for a racist attack on off-duty police officer Gareth Reid.