Grime Rapper, J Hus Jailed For Eight Months For Knife Possession

Written by on December 18, 2018

Grime rapper, J Hus has been jailed for eight months after carrying a 10cm knife outside a major London shopping centre.

The musician, who appeared in court under his real name Momodou Jallow, apologised and said he regretted his “utterly stupid” actions.

The rapper won best song at the MOBO Awards in 2017 and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize the same year.

Jallow, 23, was carrying the folding knife near Westfield in Stratford, east London, on June 21st.

He initially pleaded not guilty to possession of a blade in a public place but changed his plea at a further hearing in October.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard he has six convictions for 10 offences.

Judge Sheelagh Canavan told him: “You are role model to many, yet you have failed to leave your past behind you.”

J Hus MUSA LOVE L1FE [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

She added: “This, in such a young life, is the fourth occasion when you have gone out armed in public with a knife.”

In a letter read to the court by his barrister Henry Blaxland QC, the rapper said: “My decision to carry a weapon was careless, ill-advised and utterly stupid.

“Being a public figure that many look up to, I simply should have known better.”

He said he had not been in his “right state of mind” and spoke of the effect the stabbing of a close friend days earlier had had on him.

Canavan said that while she accepted Jallow had been shopping and was not trying to provoke a response to the attack on his friend by returning to Stratford, he must have been aware of the risks.

The court also made a criminal behaviour order banning Jallow from entering or travelling through Newham borough for the next three years and from associating with a number of named individuals.

Paul Ayorinde


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