Rapper Bugzy Malone ‘broke two men’s jaws’ after ‘mistaking them for intruders’

Grime star Bugzy Malone punched two strangers and broke their jaws after he wrongly believed they intruded and attacked his home, a court has heard.

The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Aaron Davies, acted in "retribution", the court heard.

The incident took place near the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships in Ramsbottom in Bury on September 9, 2018, reports Manchester Evening News.

A teenage girl and her friends, who were all big fans of the famous grime artist at the time, decided to visit Malone's new home opposite the town's Nuttall Park.

It was reported that a teenage boy, who was apart of the group, peered over the electric gates and shouted his name.

Prosecutor Maria Brannan said the teenagers ran off after somebody came out of the house and later a car sped past them and was driven at them as they fled to a nearby car park.

Malone later told police he drove on to the car park to disperse the youths before he went to collect a relative, jurors were told.

The incident 'terrified' the teenage girl – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – and she tearfully rang adult relatives who were at the black pudding festival, the court heard.

The boy who peered over the gates rang a relative, who went to the park believing the boy had been threatened, and he seemed to have been drinking, said Miss Brannan.

The prosecutor said it was apparent the man – who also cannot be identified – was 'not going to let the matter go'.

In the end, the girl's relative suggested they go to the house to speak to the occupant, Miss Brannan added.

He did not know who Malone was and thought this would resolve matters, the court heard.

The prosecutor said the boy's relative became 'more erratic and aggressive' as they reached the entrance gates and started throwing stones before he squeezed through into the courtyard of the defendant's home.

The girl's relative and a family friend were left with the children on the other side of the gates, before the girl's relative then decided to squeeze through the gates himself to try to persuade the boy's relative to leave, the prosecutor said.

Miss Brannan said the boy's relative was in no mood for leaving.

She said: "He shouted threats and threw stones at the property. Thoroughly deplorable behaviour.

"In fact, the target of his anger – the defendant – was not at home. The defendant was out in his car.

"Only his partner, Miami McKenzie, and his mother Mavis were there. Mavis rang the police, whilst Miami rang the defendant."

The girl's relative and his family group eventually decided to leave the area and were walking on Nuttall Hall Road when a neighbour of Malone approached them and grabbed the girl's relative to ask him what he had been doing, jurors were told.

Shortly after, the defendant pulled up in his black Mercedes car, got out and walked at speed towards the group, said the prosecutor.

Miss Brannan said Malone walked directly to the family friend and punched him hard in the jaw, sending him to the ground.

She said he 'immediately' turned to the girl's relative and punched him, with another single hard blow to the jaw.

Malone then kicked the family friend in the back of the head as he walked past, said the prosecutor.

Miss Brannan said Malone later provided a prepared statement to police, in which he said he received a call from his neighbour telling him his house was 'being done over' and he should come home quickly.

He said that when he drove on to Nuttall Hall Road he believed his neighbour was involved in a confrontation with the 'burglars', the court heard.

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Miss Brannan said: "He said one of the males had become aggressive towards him and had used racially abusive language.

"He had punched out twice, not hard, but as a reflex motion when he felt he was about to be attacked."

The prosecutor concluded: "The issue in this case is not whether the defendant punched the two men. He admits that he did. The issue for you is whether the defendant's actions were reasonable in the circumstances.

"It is the prosecution's case that this was nothing to do with self-defence and that the evidence will show the defendant's actions that day were retribution.

"This was summary justice dispensed by the defendant at a time when he was consumed with rage. He hit and kicked those men as hard as he could because he believed – wrongly – that he needed to teach them a lesson."

Malone denies two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

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