Strategy KI rapper from UK has been found guilty of multiple charges, including GBH (grievous bodily harm).
He was found guilty of a number of charges, including “affray,” which is described as “a disturbance involving violence or the threat of violence, to the extent of which another person of’reasonable firmness’ (referring to the average person) present at the scene would fear for their safety,” according to Britton & Time Solicitors.
Strategy KI was also found guilty of criminal damage (similar to property damage in the United States, except British law makes no exception for intentionality save for “without lawful excuse”), and GBH (or, grievous bodily harm, which is the most serious form of battery short of attempted murder in British courts).
GBH carries the strictest penalty of the three charges, with varying degrees of punishment. The maximum penalty for GBH on its own carries a five year maximum sentence, with the potential for two more years to be added if the crime had a racial or religious motive. But if the GBH was carried out with the intent to cause harm, then the maximum sentence is life in prison, per the British sentencing council.
Rhiannon Bates, Strategy KI’s girlfriend, shared a picture on her Instagram Stories on Saturday (June 17) in support of her partner despite the potential of a harsh sentence. “Will forever support you and be by your side always [white heart emoji],” she wrote on the post.
Strategy KI has defended his innocence and claimed that he acted in self-defense throughout the course of the trial.
In the following weeks, a jury is expected to sentence the once-rising star. It’s not clear what the prosecutor will ask for when it comes to his sentencing, and whether the jury will grant the prosecutor’s request.