The UK Grime Pioneer Wiley (real name Richard Kylea Cowie Jr) has failed to attend a court hearing in regards to an alleged assault on ex- kickboxer Ali Jacko after breaking into his home in Forest Gate East, London. Wiley is yet to respond publicly to the accusations that have been made against him.
The charges against Wiley, 43, were due to be processed in Snaresbrook crown court on the 11th of November 2021 for burglary and assault by beating. The incident in question took place on the 28th of August 2021 which allegedly saw the London rapper entering the home of Ali Jacko and attacking the former world champion kickboxer. As well as both stealing and damaging property within the residence.
The Metropolitan Police force stated; “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.”
Now, 6 months after the date of the trial, Newham MPS have issued a statement of inquiry for Cowie Jr’s whereabouts. Highlighting that his last known location was the Tower Hamlets & Newham area in London’s East End.
WANTED: Can you help? We would like to speak with Richard Cowie for failing to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court. pic.twitter.com/242BUUNJQW
— Newham MPS | North East BCU (@MPSNewham) May 10, 2022
The victim Ali Jacko, now works in the entertainment sector, having written and directed a number of short films with his production company JKO Films, as well as running his own music studios which were attended by Wiley prior to the attack.
Wiley was awarded an MBE for his services to music back in 2018n and has earned the moniker “Godfather of Grime”. Although in recent years he has been at the centre of a handful of controversies. Not Least, his self-published tirade of antisemitic speech. You can see the reposted video from the CAA down below:
“Why did Hitler hate you? For nothing?”
A reminder of what Wiley thinks about Jews.
This was posted days prior to his tirade last week, which could have been prevented were our laws fit for purpose and had @Twitter and @Instagram kept their promises to ban him. pic.twitter.com/gbhDjX9Jr6
— Campaign Against Antisemitism (@antisemitism) December 6, 2021
The rapper went on to say in another post; “The more they block me the harder I go and when I get through the door I will stand there and look in their faces with the same look they don’t wanna see….They are just angry they can’t control me…”
The statement led to his being dropped by his management company (A-List Management) and a permanent ban from the social platform Twitter on the 25th of July 2020. With these statements also drawing the attention of the MET police force, who stated; “The Met takes all reports of antisemitism extremely seriously. The relevant material is being assessed.”