McCabe 'headbutted man out of fear'
Published 21/09/2010 | 15:54
The Zutons' Dave McCabe has told a jury that he broke a man's nose because he was intimidated and frightened that he would be attacked himself.
The 29-year-old headbutted student Peter Appleby, 23, during an alcohol-fuelled row outside a nightclub, Liverpool Crown Court has heard.
McCabe said he acted in self-defence after one of Mr Appleby's friends mocked his girlfriend's fur-collared coat - saying it looked like she had a beard.
Giving evidence, McCabe talked the jury through CCTV footage of the early-hours incident outside Liverpool's trendy Korova bar on Sunday February 21 this year.
The musician said he had visited the bar, in Hope Street, with his girlfriend, two brothers and other friends after attending his mother's 60th birthday party.
At around 3.30am, the couple decided to head home and were waiting outside for the rest of their party when they were approached by a group of five students who had also been drinking in Korova.
He said: "The group of men stood next to us and one of them said to my girlfriend 'You look like you have got a beard'. They all started laughing and she said 'Why don't you grow up, you d*******s?'"
McCabe told the court the group continued "laughing and sniggering" so he approached them to "smooth things over".
He said: "They were surrounding me ... Appleby got close to my face and was saying 'F*** off'. He raised his hand and I could tell from his body language that he was going to punch me so I headbutted him and backed off."
The rock star admits headbutting Mr Appleby but says he acted in self-defence and denies assault occasioning actual bodily harm.