‘Godfather of Grime’ Wiley issued with arrest warrant for failing to go to court

UK rapper Wiley has been issued with an arrest warrant after he failed to appear in court to face charges of assault and burglary.

The musician, whose real name is Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, has been accused of allegedly breaking into a flat in Forest Gate, East London on August 28, smashing plates and assaulting ex-kickboxer Ali Jacko.

42-year-old Cowie faces charges of assault by beating and burglary with the intent to cause criminal damage.

The performer was on conditional bail and was set to appear at Thames magistrates' Court in London on Monday (September 27).

District judge Ross Johnson issued a "warrant not back for bail" order, which will allow the rapper to be arrested and brought into court.

Monday's court hearing was set to take place after Cowie was granted an adjournment earlier this month, which would give him more time to apply for legal support and speak to his lawyers.

It comes after the rapper, who is known as the Godfather of Grime, had reportedly been using Mr Jacko's recording studio before the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement following the alleged incident, a spokesperson for The Met said: "At around 2200hrs on Saturday 28 August police were called to a flat in Forest Gate.

"Officers attended the location, it was alleged that a man had entered the flat, assaulted the occupant and caused criminal damage to property."

They added: "The man was arrested and taken into custody. The occupant, an adult male, sustained a minor injury. London ambulance service were not required."

In 2018, Wiley received an MBE through the Queen's New Years Honours list for his services to music.

Many grime artists have cited Wiley as having had a significant influence on their careers.

Wiley released his 14th studio album, called Boasty Gang – the Album – in June 2020.

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