Rapper Pa Salieu has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for his involvement in a 2018 attack on a lone victim.
The music artist was jailed on Friday (December 2) after previously admitting a violent disorder at a previous hearing.
He was convicted on both charges of violent disorder and possession of a bottle as an assault weapon.
Salieu – full name Pa Salieu Gaye – was close by when a brawl broke out near a nightclub in Coventry city center in the early hours of September 1, 2018.
The altercation resulted in Salieu’s best friend, Fidel Glasgow, being fatally stabbed. No one has ever been charged with his murder.
Salieu, known for his song “Frontline,” was part of a group of men who chased a man from the crime scene to another location.
The 23-year-old man they were chasing was attacked by the group. His injuries required emergency surgery and he spent 10 days in the hospital.
The artist had been caught by CCTV repeatedly hitting the man with a tree branch, leading to him admitting to the charge of violent disorder.
Salieu was also found guilty of possession of a broken bottle as an offensive weapon.
Judge Peter Cooke told Salieu in court: “Anyone who takes the view that you are a young man hit hard should pause to think about it, despite having been convicted of carrying a knife three years earlier – what led to a suspended sentence – in class In these events you used two bottles and a stick.
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“It was your intention to turn a bottle into a jagged weapon.”
He then told the rapper that he wanted him to “focus on getting your life back on track…come out and make the most of your talents, which I trust you’ll be able to do.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/pa-salieu-jailed-b2237858.html Pa Salieu sentenced to nearly three years in prison after admitting violent disorder