British reggae star, Brinsley Forde, escapes jail after assault on girlfriend

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aswad-brinsley-ford.jpgBritish Reggae Star Brinsley Forde Has Been Sentenced To Community Service After He Was Convicted Of Assaulting His Ex-girlfriend.

The former Aswad frontman denied attacking Jemma Payne, the mother of his two-year-old son, at her home in south London in October (14), but he was convicted of assault on Tuesday (02Jun15).

The news comes just weeks after he collected a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal from British royal Prince William in May (15).

Forde, 61, was facing a potential prison sentence, but escaped with a 12-month community service order. He must carry out 300 hours of community service work and pay $320 (L200) compensation to Payne, as well as a $96 (L60) victim surcharge and $560 (L350) court costs.

The magistrate overseeing the case also granted an indefinite restraining order to prevent Forde from contacting his former partner or visiting her home.