Wiley given more time to seek legal aid in assault case after representing himself

Wiley given time to seek legal aid in assault case after representing himself (Image: PA)

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Wiley has been granted more time to apply for legal aid following allegations of assault and burglary at the home of a former kickboxer.

The rapper was today given more time by a judge to instruct lawyers about the allegations he's facing.

He faces charges of assault by beating and burglary with intent to cause criminal damage.

The rapper – real name Richard Kylea Cowie Jr – was charged following an alleged altercation with former kickboxer Ali Jacko.

Pictured arriving at Thames Magistrates’ Court today, he was dressed in a black jumper and white knee-length shorts and trainers.

(Image: PA)

(Image: PA)

He held onto his mobile phone and appeared to be listening to something as he made his way inside as he had his earphones in.

He made hand gestures to waiting photographers, seen in one image holding three fingers on one hand up in the shape of the letter E and in another picture holding a hand up at shoulder height with his palm facing down.

His hearing was adjourned until September 27 to allow him two weeks to speak to solicitors.

(Image: PA)

He had represented himself during the short proceedings.

District judge Ross Johnson granted his request for an adjournment and gave him conditional bail ahead of the next hearing at the same court later this month.

The rapper had been using Mr Jacko’s recording studio before the pandemic.

(Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

(Image: Getty Images)

Wiley, 42, of Tower Hamlets, east London, is alleged to have gone to Mr Jacko's flat in Forest Gate, east London, on August 28, where it's said he smashed plates and assaulted Mr Jacko.

Wiley, who was once dubbed the 'godfather of grime', was handed an MBE in 2018, being recognised for his services to music in the New Year's Honours list.

He's been credited as one of the leading forces behind the UK's grime scene.

Wiley announced his retirement from grime with his 2019 album The Godfather III, although he has continued to release new music.