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Stephen Lawrence murder suspect 'attacked in prison'

JAMIE ACOURT, a murder suspect in the death of Stephen Lawrence, has been attacked by a fellow inmate in prison, The Sun reports.

Acourt was reportedly punched in the back of his head whilst exercising on Wednesday morning, merely days into his sentence.

Sources told the newspaper Acourt instantly fell to the floor before prison officers intervened.

According to The Evening Standard, a prison service spokeswoman confirmed an inmate had been put on report for punching another prisoner and added that the unnamed victim did not require medical treatment.

Acort, 42, was jailed for nine years for mastermining a £3 million drugs plot.

He spent more than two years on the run, living in Spain under the alias Simon Alfonzo, until his arrest in May.

He pleaded guilty at Kingston Crown Court to his part in the conspiracy which moved about 750kg of the drug with an estimated street value of around £3 million.

At the time of his conviction, Steve Reynolds, the National Crime Agency’s regional head of international operations, said: “Jamie Acourt was tracked down to Barcelona following an intensive intelligence-led search operation involving the NCA, Metropolitan Police and our law enforcement partners in Spain. I’m delighted that today he has been brought to justice.

“His conviction and sentencing sends out a message that we are relentless in our pursuit of wanted fugitives, we have the international reach to track you down, and no matter where you go you will never be able to stop looking over your shoulder.”

Prior to this, Acourt alongside his brother, Neil, were arrested as suspects
In the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence but neither was convicted.

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