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Hunt for 'Godfather of Grime' Wiley as he fails to appear in court on assault and burglary charges

A manhunt has been launched for grime star Wiley after he failed to appear at court on Monday - where he is accused of assaulting a world champion kickboxer after allegedly breaking into his flat. 

The 42-year-old hitmaker dubbed 'The Godfather of Grime' is accused of forcing his way into Ali Jacko's home in Forest Gate, east London, on August 28.

Wiley, real name Richard Cowie Jr, failed to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court to answer charges of assault by beating and burglary of a dwelling with intent to cause damage.

District Judge Ross Johnson issued a warrant for his arrest and demanded he be brought to court.

Mr Jacko, a former world kickboxing champion, had been relaxing at his home with friends when Mr Cowie Jr allegedly broke in, smashed plates and assaulted him.

A friend of Mr Jacko, 53, called the police after the situation escalated and a row allegedly erupted, and Mr Cowie Jr was later arrested.

The singer-songwriter, from Tower Hamlets, is thought to have used Mr Jacko's recording studio before the pandemic.

Wiley, real name Richard Cowie Jr, failed to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court to answer charges of assault by beating and burglary of a dwelling with intent to cause damage. 

The grime artist put on an animated display as he arrived at court earlier this month charged with assault and burglary

The Metropolitan Police charged Wiley following the incident on August 28.

In a statement they previously 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.

'The man was arrested and taken into custody. 

'The occupant, an adult male, sustained a minor injury. London ambulance service were not required.' 

With a career spanning over two decades, Wiley has had hits with songs including Wearing My Rolex and Heatwave.

The rapper was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2018 for services to music.

Two weeks ago the grime artist represented himself at a short hearing and was granted more time to apply for legal aid.

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