Bugzy Malone punched two men ‘in self-defence’ after break-in

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Bugzy Malone has denied two counts of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm (Picture: Getty Images)

Bugzy Malone punched two men in self defence, a court has heard.

The rapper said he feared for the safety of his girlfriend and mother, who were in inside his property in Ramsbottom, near Bury.

His girlfriend had phoned him to say that two men were trying to break in, before a neighbour also called.

The 30-year-old said: ‘You know you are going into a volatile situation. I was nervous driving back.’

He said, when he approached the property, he saw his neighbour Paul Potter ‘in what was clearly a confrontation’ with two men.

Malone said: ‘I jumped out of the car and ran over to the confrontation and straight to Paul. I was concerned the men were going to do something to Paul.

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‘I then asked Paul “Are these the guys who broke into the house?” and, as I said, that one of the men had come towards me – he was kind of on a side angle to me – and he threw his arms in front of him.

‘I stepped back as he stepped towards me and, reflex really, I hit him.’

He added: ‘His friend came round the back of the van and was clearly attacking me, and I hit him.

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He appeared under his real name, Aaron Davis (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It all happened very quickly. The closer I got to the situation I could tell these guys were not interested in talking.’

He said he did not inflict any other blows and did not kick anyone as he stepped over the man on the ground and ran back to his car.

The court had previously heard that the rapper – real name Aaron Davis – had hit the two men in ‘retribution’ after he wrongly believed they had broken into his house.

They heard that one of the men, a father, had been enjoying a day with his family at the annual black pudding throwing festival in Lancashire in Ramsbottom on September 9, 2018 when he received a call from his daughter, who was upset.

The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, and her friends were big fans of the popular grime artist and earlier gathered outside his new home.

One of them, a teenage boy, peered over the front electric gate and shouted his name, before they all ran off when somebody came out and later a car sped past them and was driven at them as they fled to a nearby car park, the court has heard.

Giving evidence, the father said he, a friend, and another father decided to visit Malone to find out why the children were so upset but, when they got there, the father of the boy who peered over the gate was behaving ‘erratically’.

He said he ‘couldn’t believe it’ when the man forced his way into the property through the gate and he then made a ‘tough decision’ to follow him into the courtyard after the man’s ‘hysterical’ son pleaded to get him out.

The court has heard that the boy’s father threw a brick at the gates before forcing his way in to the courtyard of the property, and the rest of the group walked off before they came across Malone returning home.

The jury was told that the boy’s father was later prosecuted and convicted of causing criminal damage.

Malone denies two counts of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm in September 2018.

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