January 19, 2006

Ms Dynamite fined for UK policewoman assault

LONDON (Reuters) - British rapper Ms Dynamite was fined 500
pounds ($877) and sentenced to 60 hours community service on
Thursday after she admitted assaulting a female police officer
after a brawl outside a London nightclub.

The 24-year-old, whose real name is Niomi McLean-Daley, was
involved in the scuffle on January 6.

"Bearing in mind your good character ... I am not imposing
any custodial sentence," judge Timothy Workman told her.

Workman said the singer, who has been portrayed as a role
model to young women, should also pay 750 pounds in
compensation for her bad behavior.

The court heard last week that McLean-Daley had slapped the
policewoman at a police station after being arrested outside
the club. The star's lawyer said she and her sister had been
racially abused inside the club earlier in the evening.

"It is behavior unjustified, driven by a compelling urge to
defend family," her lawyer Anthony Burton said on Thursday.

The mother-of-one won the coveted Mercury Music Prize for
her album "A Little Deeper" in 2002 and has won a string of
prizes since, including Brit Awards and MOBOs (Music of Black

Amid a jostling mob of journalists and photographers, one
fan turned up to support Ms Dynamite, who wore blue jeans and a
brown pin-striped jacket for her appearance at Bow Street
Magistrates Court, in central London.

McLean-Daley left court without comment, flanked by her
lawyers and followed by members of her family.