Dizzee Rascal’s appeal for assaulting his ex-fiancee in June 2021 has been delayed by two months after a witness tested positive for Covid-19.
The musician, 37, whose real name is Dylan Mills, was convicted of attacking Cassandra Jones, 33, and his retrial at the Inner London Crown Court has been adjourned to December 9.
The court heard in March he pressed his forehead against Ms Jones and pushed her to the ground during a ‘chaotic’ row at a residential property in Streatham, south London, on June 8 last year.
He avoided a prison sentence for the offence and was given a 12-month restraining order – banning him from contacting his former partner – along with an electronic tag and a 24 week night time curfew, which is appealing.
Mills also smashed a camera of PA Media photographer James Manning outside the court in March, shortly after his guilty verdict was handed down.
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
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
Dizzee Rascal, who real name is Dylan Mills, is pictured as her arrives at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of the assault of Cassandra Jones
The former partner of Rascal told in March how ‘wealth and status’ should not be allowed to silence women who are victims of domestic abuse.
Ms Jones spoke out after her partner of nine years was convicted of attacking her in front of her two young children.
She told how she wanted to move on with her life for the sake of her children but insisted no woman should suffer at the hands of abusive partners.
Ms Jones of Streatham, south west London, said: ‘I just want to heal, move on with my life and focus on looking after my bubbas now.
‘Dylan and I were together for a long time, and I loved him very much. He is the father of our two children. Last year I finally left him for good, after experiencing what I now recognise to be prolonged domestic abuse.
‘I have been receiving support from specialist domestic abuse services since last year, and that has helped me process my experiences and move forward.
‘I understand why so many women drop out of the criminal justice system; this has been really traumatic for me. But I am lucky enough to have had support from the police, my family and friends, and specialist organisations.
‘One in four women in England and Wales will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. I now ask for privacy to rebuild and reset.
‘I hope I can now move on with my life. If the things you have read have resonated with you, I’d urge you to seek support. It’s available.’
Mills had denied assaulting his ex-fiancee Cassandra Jones during a ‘chaotic’ row at a residential property in Streatham, south London, on June 8 last year.
Jones, who shares two children with Mills, alleged the rapper had thrown her to the floor and pressed his head against hers amid the argument.
Mills, who was behind chart-topping singles Bonkers and Dance Wiv Me, split with Jones in February 2021 after nine years together and was said to be ‘frustrated’ over custody arrangements.
The pair became embroiled in an argument when he dropped off their daughter at the property following a day out in June.
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 pieces
After Mills was arrested, he told police ‘she assaulted me’ and that she had left him with a scratch on his left arm.
But Mills, who had denied the charge, was found guilty after a trial.
Mills and Ms Jones were said to have had an ‘on and off’ relationship after first meeting around 2011, and in 2018 they got engaged.
In her testimony in February, Ms Jones described her ex-fiancé as ‘a ticking time bomb’, explaining that she was calm when he arrived on the doorstep with their daughter as she knew he was in a bad mood and did not want to anger him.
The rapper had a string of hit songs in the late 2000s and amassed a reported net worth of £2.5 million.
He was awarded an MBE for services to music in 2020.
He was sentenced in April where the 37-year-old musician, who arrived at Croydon Magistrates’ Court dressed in a green bomber jacket, black jeans, trainers and a red hat, clashed with a TV journalist after being asked if he had any ‘regrets’ about his actions in June last year.
The rapper snapped back at the journalist, asking: ‘What do you mean?’ He then told the reporter: ‘You don’t know what you are talking about,’ before walking into the court.’