Rapper Dizzee Rascal has been handed a restraining order, curfew and wearing an electronic tag for assaulting his ex-fiancé during an argument over child and financial contact.
The 37-year-old grime artist, real name Dylan Mills, had been found guilty of assaulting Cassandra Jones by pressing his forehead against hers and punching her during a “chaotic” argument at a flat in Streatham, south London Bottom pressed June 8 last year.
The artist behind chart-topping Bonkers and Dance Wiv Me was “frustrated” with the custody arrangements and the two had a falling out when he dropped their daughter off at the property.
During the sentencing hearing at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, District Judge Polly Gledhill told Mills she wants him to work on how he thinks and behaves as he is “losing his temper and using violence”.
After reading the prejudice reports, she told Mills he had shown “no remorse for this matter” and “you continue to blame Ms Jones – the victim in this case”.
There was no response from Mills as he sat in the dock, dressed in a green bomber jacket, white top and black jeans.
He received a community order with a 24-week curfew and said he had to wear an electronic tag.
He was also given a 12-month restraining order after the judge said she was “satisfied” it was a “necessary and proportionate” measure.
Mills, who had two children with Ms Jones before they separated in February 2021, is said to have “burst” into the home, banged his head against a refrigerator three times while holding his son and started “bashing” Ms Jones scream and scream”. and her mother, Dawn Kirk.
Ms Jones started filming him but he took her phone and then Ms Kirk’s phone.
The screaming became so loud that two neighbors were alerted and the police were called.
His trial was told that when officers arrived, Mills said “I am the attacker”, but he later gave a prepared statement in a police interview denying the allegations and claiming he had been attacked by Ms Jones .
The judge said Ms Jones was “shaken to the core” by the attack and required anxiety medication and suffered from panic attacks.
She told Mills “there are a number of factors that add to the severity of this case.”
She described it as “domestic violence,” adding “it represents a violation of the trust and safety of people in an intimate family relationship.”
She noted that the crime was committed in the presence of children and “took place at the victim’s home – a person has the right to feel safe in their own home.”
The court heard about the charity work he has been doing in the community but was told it “does not detract from the seriousness of the offence”.
The judge also noted that Mills exhibited aggressive behavior after his trial ended.
Following last month’s trial verdict, Mills took a camera from a PA news agency photographer after leaving court and threw it in a street, smashing it.
In 2003, Mills released his debut album Boy In Da Corner.
He was awarded an MBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honors in 2020 and has performed at festivals including Live At Lydiard in Swindon and Boardmasters in Cornwall in August.
His defense attorney, Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, told the court there was a low risk of recidivism.
She described the attack as “entirely isolated” and said it was “against the unfortunate backdrop of the breakup of a long-term relationship that involved children.”
She said, “His concern and only concern was that his children had thrived and been focused on raising his children.”
She added: “The incident was short lived and when police arrived Mr Mills was sitting outside the address where he was calm and cooperative at all stages.”
She spoke about how Mills, who has no criminal record, had done charity work during the pandemic, including supporting a kitchen helping youngsters in London.
Ms Bennett-Jenkins said he had “essential understanding and empathy for others – this is the real Dylan Mills”.
She said: “This is a man who is already doing significant charity work of his own accord, giving up his free time to support children in London and elsewhere”.
As a parent, he offers “his children warmth, love and affection” and is calm in the face of tantrums, finding ways to take care of them despite being in the glare of publicity that his showbiz career brings, she added.
His children “love and respect him,” and work has been done with his ex-partner to sort out their settlement and childcare arrangements, the court was told.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/dizzee-rascal-handed-restraining-order-and-curfew-for-assaulting-ex-fiancee-41534042.html Dizzee Rascal has been issued a restraining order and curfew for assaulting her ex-fiancée