British rapper, Bugzy Malone has been cleared of unlawfully punching two men.
The popular grime artist fractured their jaws with single blows shortly after his girlfriend phoned him to say three men were breaking into their home on 9 September 2018.
Malone, 30, said he drove to his former home in Ramsbottom, near Bury, as he feared for the safety of his then partner, Miami McKenzie, and his mother Mavis, who were inside the property.
A friend also called him to say the house was “being done over”, Manchester Crown Court heard.
As he approached the property he said he saw his friend with two men in “what was clearly a confrontation”.
The Manchester-born rapper, who is now based in London, ran over and hit out with a “reflex” punch to one of the men who he said had lunged towards him, and said he then struck the other who made a “sharp movement” in his direction with clenched fists.
The Crown argued that Malone did not act in self-defence and angrily struck out in a sense of justified revenge after he wrongly believed they were the intruders.
The prosecution said both men were “sitting ducks” as the first did not see the “sucker punch” coming from the trained boxer and the second was punched while Malone’s friend held him.
Mr. Davies said he was acting in self-defense and was in fear after being told people were breaking into his home. A jury accepted his account and cleared him.
Speaking outside court, the rapper’s solicitor Lachlan Nisbet said he had been “faced with distraught family members” and “did no more than the minimum necessary to defend himself and to secure the safety of his home.”