Rap­per must face the mu­sic for ‘ugly’ at­tack

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

A STREET rap­per who claimed he beat up a “drug ad­dict” af­ter be­ing at­tacked has failed to win a cut in his jail term at Lon­don’s Court of Ap­peal.

Mr Jus­tice Openshaw said Char­lie Daniel Lat­ter, of Plan­ta­tion Close, Hoth­field, had only of­fered his ver­sion of events when his case came to court, and he was not be­lieved by the sen­tenc­ing judge.

Lat­ter, 21, pleaded guilty to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm and, in May this year at Maid­stone Crown Court, re­ceived a two-and-a-half-year jail term.

But he chal­lenged his sen­tence on the ba­sis that his vic­tim, 49year-old Neil Hamil­ton, had at­tacked him first af­ter ap­proach­ing him in the street while he was rap­ping about drugs.

Lat­ter ac­cused Mr Hamil­ton of be­ing a “scag head”.

But Mr Jus­tice Openshaw, sit­ting with Mr Jus­tice King, said CCTV footage showed Lat­ter ap­proach­ing Mr Hamil­ton out­side a su­per­mar­ket in Folke­stone, tak­ing off his shirt as if ready­ing him­self for com­bat and then re­peat­edly kick­ing and punch­ing him.

Mr Hamil­ton was left crouched down, vainly try­ing to pro­tect him­self from the blows.

De­scrib­ing the in­ci­dent as “ugly”, Mr Jus­tice Openshaw said that there could be no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for what had hap­pened.

The judge added that the at­tack could have re­sulted in “se­ri­ous in­jury or even death”.

He also said that Lat­ter had a num­ber of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing a two-year spell be­hind bars for rob­bery.

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