Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal: Delay in his assault conviction appeal

Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal: Delay in his assault conviction appeal

Two months have been added to Dizzee Rascal’s appeal for abusing his ex-girlfriend in June 2021 after a witness tested positive for Covid-19.

Dizzee Rascal's (pictured in June outside Croydon Magistrates' Court in April) appeal for assaulting his ex-fiancee in June 2021 has been adjourned to December 9 after a witness tested positive for Covid-19
The 37-year-old musician, whose actual name is Dylan Mills, was found guilty of assaulting 33-year-old Cassandra Jones, and his retrial has been postponed until December 9.

The court heard in March that he slammed Ms. Jones to the ground and forced his forehead against hers during a ‘chaotic’ argument at a domestic house in Streatham, south London, on June 8 of last year.

In lieu of a prison sentence, he received a 12-month restraining order prohibiting him from seeing his ex-partner, an electronic tag, and a 24-week nighttime curfew, all of which are appealing.

In March, Mills shattered the camera of PA Media journalist James Manning outside the same court immediately after he was found guilty.

Rascal's ex Cassandra Jones, 33, (pictured) of Streatham, south west London, spoke out after her partner of nine years was convicted of attacking her in front of her two young children

After a witness tested positive for Covid-19, Dizzee Rascal’s (seen in June outside court) appeal for beating his ex-fiancee in June 2021 has been postponed until December 9.

Cassandra Jones, 33, of Streatham, south-west London, spoke out after her nine-year partner was found guilty of assaulting her in front of her two young children.

Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal: Delay in his assault conviction appealThe rapper arriving at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court

Dylan Mills, as Dizzee Rascal, is photographed as he arrives at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, where he was found guilty of assaulting Cassandra Jones.

Rascal ripped a camera from PA Media journalist James Manning (right) as he exited Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court and threw it onto the street, shattering the equipment.

Mr. Manning (pictured) filed a report with the Metropolitan Police and expects to bring a civil suit.

After being found guilty of assaulting his ex-fiancee, Dizzee Rascal, whose actual name is Dylan Mills, snatched a photographer’s camera and hurled it into the street, causing damage to the camera.

Footage taken showed Rascal rip a camera from PA Media photographer James Manning (right) after he left Wimbledon Magistrates' Court and hurl it into the road, smashing the device to piecesThe ex-partner of Rascal stated in March that ‘money and prestige’ should not be used to quiet domestic abuse victims.

Ms. Jones spoke up following the conviction of her nine-year partner for attacking her in front of her two small children.

She expressed her desire to move on with her life for the sake of her children, but stressed that no woman should have to endure abuse at the hands of her boyfriend.

PA's Mr Manning (pictured) filed a report to the Met and intends to pursue a civil claim

Ms. Jones of Streatham, south-west London, stated, “I simply want to recover, move on with my life, and now concentrate on caring for my children.”

“Today’s verdict has offered me no joy, but it does allow me to reflect on what I endured and have it recognized as assault by the courts.”

“Dylan and I were together for many years, and I adored him.”

The damage caused to a camera after Dizzee Rascal, real name Dylan Mills, took a camera from a photographer and threw it into the road after being found guilty of assaulting his ex-fiancee

“He is the father of two of our children.” After enduring what I now recognize as protracted domestic abuse, I eventually left him for good in the past year.

Since last year, I have been receiving support from specialized domestic violence agencies, which has helped me process my experiences and move ahead.

“I understand why so many women abandon the criminal court system; my experience has been quite distressing.” However, I am fortunate to have received assistance from the police, my family and friends, and specialized organizations.

“Today’s verdict demonstrates that wealth and social standing cannot be used to silence women,”

Domestic violence will affect one in four women in England and Wales at some point in their lives. I now request seclusion in order to rebuild and restart.

“I now hope to be able to move on with my life. If what you have read resonates with you, I urge you to seek assistance. It is accessible.’

Mills denied attacking his ex-girlfriend Cassandra Jones following a ‘chaotic’ argument at a domestic house in Streatham, south London, on June 8, 2017.

Jones, with whom Mills shares two children, claimed the rapper had shoved her to the ground and pressed his head against her during the argument.

Mills, who was responsible for the chart-topping hits “Bonkers” and “Dance Wiv Me,” divorced Jones in February 2021 after nine years of marriage, citing “frustration” about child custody arrangements.

In June, the couple got into a disagreement when he dropped off their daughter at the residence after a day out.

As the rapper was leaving the Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, he snatched a camera from a PA Media cameraman and threw it into the street, shattering the equipment.

After Mills was detained, he told police, “She assaulted me” and that he had a scrape on his left arm as a result.

Mills, who had denied the accusation, was found guilty today after a trial and will be sentenced on April 8 at the Croydon Magistrates’ Court.

As he left the Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, the rapper snatched a camera from a PA Media photographer and threw it onto the street, shattering the equipment.
The court heard that Mills and Ms. Jones, who had been together for nine years prior to their breakup, argued when Mills dropped off their daughter on the alleged day of the attack.

He arrived late at Ms. Jones’ residence due to traffic, and he told the court that Ms. Jones bombarded him with calls and texts as he was driving, wondering whether they would be back by 5 p.m. in time for chicken dinner.

The court heard that he sent her texts saying “shut up, don’t give me no lip” and “shut your f****** mouth” before to the argument, but he denied being angry at the time.

The prosecution claimed that Mills ‘barged’ into the residence, hit his head three times on a refrigerator while holding his son, and began’screaming and cursing’ at Ms. Jones and her mother, Dawn Kirk.

The court heard that Ms. Jones began filming him, but he confiscated her phone and subsequently confiscated Ms. Kirk’s phone.

The court was informed that the shouting became so loud that it alarmed two neighbors, who then phoned the police.

A court was informed that when cops arrived, Mills shouted, “I’m the aggressor,” but later gave a prepared statement in a police interview in which he denied the allegations and said Ms. Jones had assaulted him.

District Judge Polly Gledhill, in delivering her verdict, stated, ‘I am certain that on 8 June, when he returned home late with the child, he lost his temper and there was an altercation about child contact and funds.

He grabbed her phone to prevent her from calling the police and then beat her.

I am convinced that this incident occurred and that it constituted an unlawful attack.

Mills and Ms. Jones reportedly had a “on and off” relationship after initially meeting in 2011, and they became engaged in 2018.

In her February testimony, Ms. Jones referred to her ex-husband as a “ticking time bomb,” adding that she remained cool when he arrived with their kid because she knew he was in a foul mood and did not want to provoke him.

In her earlier appearance, she testified from behind a screen at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court while crying throughout her testimony.

PC Stephanie Johnstone reported that she detained the rapper for simple assault after he told her, “I am the aggressor.” In interviews, he later denied the assault.

The court was shown the officer’s bodycam film of Ms. Jones recalling the alleged assault while sitting on the floor in tears.

Mills told the court that when he returned to the property, Ms. Jones and her mother were “waving their phones about”

He stated, “I did not want them to be used as weapons.”

“When the cops arrived, I joked, “I am the aggressor,” in an attempt to defuse the situation.

“I was not the aggressor; I did nothing physically to her.”

I had two tiny marks as a result of her waving her phone around.

These marks were made by her. She was unreliable. By pushing me and scratching my left arm, she assaulted me.

That day, I did not assault her.

He said, “Yes, I got angry on occasion. I was irritated with her, as she was shouting in my face and was irate.

“I waited so long at the police station that the scrapes I had when I arrived had turned into bruises.”

A remark from boxing champion David Haye, who has known Mills for more than a decade, was read as evidence of the artist’s integrity.

The former world heavyweight champion stated, “I would describe Dylan as a man of integrity and humility.”

Dylan is a someone who is really easy to get along with.

‘He maintained his humility, having risen from nothing. Because he prefers to spend his time at home with his family, he is rarely spotted at celebrity social events.

Mr. Haye referred to Mills as a “father figure.”

In the late 2000s, Mr. Mills had a streak of successful songs and reportedly amassed a net worth of £2.5 million.

He continued, ‘I appreciate Dylan’s relationship with his children the most; despite his celebrity, he always found time for them.

Dylan has never lost his temper or displayed signs of fury in my presence.

He was always composed and did not allow anything to unsettle him.

Tanya Chehrehnegary, Mills’ ex-girlfriend, testified in court that she was’shocked’ when she heard about the claims.

She remarked, “There have been several circumstances in which the normal person would become rather defensive, but he has always handled things with great composure.”

“Whenever we disagreed, he would always detach himself from the issue and end it on a humorous note, such that I would wind up laughing over something, and the argument would be over.”

Helena Duong, the prosecutor, stated that Mills was unprepared to answer any of the questions.

Even though it is very clear from my submission that he was clearly upset about the situation with his children.

He did not wish to acknowledge that he had lost his temper that day.

He was the aggressor and was responsible for assaulting Ms. Jones that day, not the other way around.

The rapper’s attorney, Sallie Bennett-Jenkins, QC, stated, “This defendant was not required to testify, but he did so willingly.”

However, he did it in a manner that provided a coherent and entirely convincing account of the events of that day.

“He is a gentleman who is calm, partner-courteous, attentive, patient, and generous.

“This is the defendant’s proof, and he admits that he yelled that day.

With all due respect, he was not charged with it.

In the late 2000s, Mills enjoyed a streak of hit singles and acquired a reputed net worth of £2.5 million.

In 2020, he was given an MBE for services to music.

The 37-year-old artist, who came at Croydon Magistrates’ Court wearing a green bomber jacket, black pants, sneakers, and a red hat, clashed with a TV journalist after being asked if he had any’regrets’ over his acts in June of last year. He was sentenced in April.

The rapper retorted to the journalist with, “What do you mean?” Before entering the courtroom, he informed the reporter, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about.’

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