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Lawrence case man faces court on drugs charge

PUBLISHED: 15:01 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

ACCUSED: Gary Dobson.

ACCUSED: Gary Dobson.

A FORMER suspect in the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry is on remand after being charged with conspiring to supply more than 50 kilos of cannabis. Gary Dobson, 34, from Swanley, is accused of conspiring to supply more than 110 pounds of cannabis, worth

A FORMER suspect in the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry is on remand after being charged with conspiring to supply more than 50 kilos of cannabis.

Gary Dobson, 34, from Swanley, is accused of conspiring to supply more than 110 pounds of cannabis, worth an estimated £350,000, after an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

He is also accused of possession with intent to supply a further 10 pounds (4.9 kilos) of the drug, worth more than £30,000.

Bromley Magistrates Court refused him bail and remanded him to Belmarsh prison in Thamesmead. He is due to appear at Kingston Crown Court next Monday. The father-of-one was arrested and charged in February after SOCA investigators staked out a pub car park in Thurrock, Essex, and allegedly saw Dobson and another man involved in a drugs handover in a van.

Stephen Lawrence, an architecture student, was stabbed to death by a racist gang in Eltham, on April 22, 1993.

Dobson, Neil Acourt, and Luke Knight were acquitted of murder in 1996, when a private prosecution brought by the Lawrence family collapsed.

The case against two other suspects, Jamie Acourt and David Norris, was dropped before it reached court.

Under double jeopardy laws introduced in 2005, suspects acquitted of murder can be retried if there is "new and compelling evidence" - raising the prospect that some if not all of the gang could go on trial again at the Old Bailey.

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