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Tuesday, 16 October, 2001, 16:37 GMT 17:37 UK
Solid Crew member admits attack
So Solid Crew
So Solid Crew: Now one of the biggest names in garage
A member of UK garage group So Solid Crew has pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on a 16-year-old girl.

Darren James Weir, 22, of Pimlico, central London, admitted harming the girl on 27 December last year after a concert by the group in Cardiff.

The court heard Weir hit her so hard her jaw was broken in two places and surgeons had to insert three metal plates to repair it.

He was granted conditional bail by Cardiff Crown Court and will be sentenced at the same court on Friday.

So Solid Crew comprises more than 20 DJs, producers and vocalists, including the duo Oxide and Neutrino who have had their own chart hits.

The group, relatively unknown until recently, won three Mobo awards this year and had a number one hit with the single 21 Seconds.

Trouble

The collective won awards in the categories of best UK garage act, best newcomer, and best video - for Oxide and Neutrino's Middle Finger.

Oxide and Neutrino have had three top 10 hits
Oxide and Neutrino have had three top 10 hits
So Solid Crew has been associated with trouble before.

One of their members, Ashley Walters, 19, has been charged with making threats to kill, while police recently dropped an investigation into Neutrino over alleged possession of a firearm - after he was shot in the leg on a night out in London.

The group came together when 21-year-old MC Megaman, who had been promoting UK garage parties and performing in nightclubs, got together with MC Romeo, 20 at the Killer Watt carnival sound system.

He met MC Mac and DJ PDS at pirate station Supreme FM in 1999.

Megaman started using the So Solid name when promoting club nights before the Crew decided to start writing and recording together.

The success of the group comes from their fresh mixture of R&B, hip-hop and ragga sounds.

See also:

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Mobos 2001: The winners
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