Rapper Wiley facing arrest after failing to turn up to court for 'assaulting kickboxer in break-in'

GRIME star Wiley is facing arrest after failing to turn up to court after being accused of assaulting an ex-kickboxer during a break-in.

A warrant has now been issued for the 42-year-old rapper's arrest after he didn't turn up to London's Thames Magistrates Court today.

He was due to answer charges of assault by beating and burglary of a dwelling with intent to cause damage in wake of the incident on August 28.

The artist is accused of allegedly breaking into the home of former world kickboxing champion Ali Jacko as he relaxed with friends, before smashing plates and assualting him.

A friend of 53-year-old Mr Jacko called police after a row allegedly erupted in the flat in Forest Gate, East London.

The self-proclaimed 'Godfather of Grime' is said to have used Mr Jacko's recording studio before the Covid pandemic.

District Judge Ross Johnson has now issued a "warrant not back for bail" for Wiley – real name Richard Cowie Jr – to be arrested and produced in court.

Cowie, who earned an MBE in 2018 for services to music, represented himself at an earlier hearing two weeks ago.

He was granted more time to apply for legal aid and speak to his lawyers in relation to the allegations.

District Judge Ross Johnson granted his request for an adjournment and gave him conditional bail ahead of the next hearing at the same court later this month.

Police previously said: “Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, of Tower Hamlets, has been charged with assault by beating and burglary dwelling – with intent to cause damage.

“The occupant, an adult male, sustained a minor injury.”

Music star Wiley is best known for hit songs Wearing My Rolex and Heatwave.


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