British 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 (£200) compensation to Payne, as well as a $96 (£60) victim surcharge and $560 (£350) court costs.
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Reggae Star Brinsley Forde Has Joked About Recruiting Prince William As His New Bassist After The British Royal Revealed His Secret Musical Talent While Presenting The Former Aswad Frontman With A Top Honour.
The musician and former child actor was invited to Windsor Castle in England on Tuesday (19May15), when he was officially awarded a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal, and he was handed the honour by new dad the Duke Of Cambridge.
During the investiture ceremony, the Prince's first public engagement in the U.K. since the birth of Princess Charlotte on 2 May (15), William revealed he had developed a talent for the bass guitar.
Speaking to reporters after the event, Forde quipped, "I've just got a new bass player - you might know him as the Duke of Cambridge.
Carol Costello and Stacey Aswad - Photographs of the arrivals at the 2014 Voice Arts Awards in honor of James Earl Jones which was held at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 9th November 2014