Rapper must face the music for ‘ugly’ attack
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.