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WSTRN's Akelle apologises to 'supporters' for 'letting them down' after being jailed for violent disorder

Akelle says in a letter the past "has a crazy was of haunting you" and "catching up with you" after he jailed for the attack that happened in early 2016

WSTRN's Akelle has released a heartfelt apology to his supporters after he landed himself in jail for his part in an attack which saw a grandmother assaulted.

Akelle Shemai Charles, one third of hip hop group WSTRN, was jailed on Wednesday (July 26) for the attack in White City on January 11, 2016.

In the letter Akelle "wholeheartedly" apologises for "letting past situations draw me out" as he explains he was jailed for an incident that has been "hanging over his head."

The 26-year-old was sentenced for four and a half years in jail, along with his brother Naeem Neil Philip-Charles after they stormed a flat, as part of a group, and attacked the occupants.

A group of five men wearing motorcycle helmets kicked down the door and threatened the people inside.

A 40-year-old man and 60-year-old grandmother had a bicycle thrown at them before the woman was punched so hard she broke a tooth.

Police understood the attack was in connection with a robbery earlier the same day but the man and woman were innocent and had no knowledge of the earlier incident.

In response to being jailed, Akelle released a picture of a handwritten letter to his Instagram -'akellewstrn' - apologising to his supporters.

The music star apologised to his family and to the other members of WSTRN - Haile and Louis - for "messing up the most amazing opportunity."

WSTRN's debut song In2 reached number four in the official charts in November 2015 and topped the UK R&B chart.

Brothers Akelle Shemai Charles and Naeem Neil Phillip-Charles were part of the group of five men who attacked innocent occupants of a flat in White City(Image: Metropolitan Police)

The west London based group once kept Adele off the top of the music charts with the song which was recorded in a single studio session and had a video shot for just £250.

He explained that the series of events that landed him in jail started nearly two years ago and he stated "does not represent who I am today as a person" and said the case has been "hanging over my head for the whole time throughout the WSTRN journey."

"I have never tried to hide my past, I speak about it in my music and it is a part of me I have to live with move but on from," Akelle says in the letter.

"Music has always been my way to channel my anger and energy into a more positive space and it finally started to pay off and allow me to come away from the roads and change my life, yet the past has a crazy way of haunting you and the roads always seems [sic] to catch up with you and pull you back."

Akelle Charles pictured here in the centre at the MOBO Awards in 2016 with WSTRN members Haile and Louis(Image: Getty Images Europe)

He refers to the attack itself and said it was a retaliation to an earlier incident where he was robbed, which the Met Office have confirmed, but the force has said the people in the flat were innocent.

The letter ends by the singer "wholeheartedly" apologising to his supports, family, WSTRN, his management and record label.

"You guys are the only reason I have been able to change as a person and see a way of life away from the roads and I have let you all down and now I have to live with the consequences," he says.

He ends the letter with a message to WSTN member Louis and Haile and urges them to keep releasing music, adding "you're both way too talented to let this stop you! A*."

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