Friday 23 March 2018

Zutons singer guilty of club attack

Dave McCabe has been convicted of assault
Dave McCabe has been convicted of assault

The Zutons' Dave McCabe, who broke a man's nose after his girlfriend was insulted, has been convicted of assault.

The 29-year-old headbutted Peter Appleby during an alcohol-fuelled row outside a nightclub, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

McCabe, who wrote the hit song Valerie which was covered by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson, reacted after one of Mr Appleby's friends mocked his girlfriend's fur-collared coat, saying it looked like she had a beard.

The rock star denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm and claimed he had acted in self-defence.

The jury of five women and six men took three hours to unanimously convict the chart topper.

McCabe - whose songs include Please Calm Me Down and Havana Gang Brawl - looked disappointed.

Recorder Alan Conrad QC adjourned the musician's sentencing to October 29 for a pre-sentence report.

Mr Conrad said: "I am granting you bail but that is no indication of the sentence I will impose in this case."

McCabe, dressed in a suit and tie, asked from the dock: "Does that mean I can leave the country?"

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