Shakin’ Stevens found guilty of assaulting photographer

Singer says he plans to appeal against verdict

Shakin’ Stevens has been found guilty of assaulting a photographer with a microphone stand.

Today (January 13) the singer, real name Michael Barrett, was ordered to pay photographer Hugo McNeice £479 in compensation and was fined a further £300 for his crimes of assault and criminal damage, reports BBC News.

The incident took place in December 2008 as Stevens was playing a gig at the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena. It was heard how the frontman danced towards the photographer before shoving the stand into him.

Stevens is set to appeal, his solicitor confirmed. The photographer said he had simply wanted compensation for the equipment damage he suffered and was “glad it’s all over”.