September 22, 2010 14:35

The Zutons' Dave McCabe found guilty of assault

Singer is convicted of charge after headbutting a student outside a Liverpool nightclub

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The Zutons' frontman Dave McCabe has been found guilty today (September 22) of assault after headbutting a man and breaking his nose outside a Liverpool nightclub.

The singer, who had denied the charge, told a jury at Liverpool Crown Court that he acted in self-defence when he broke student Peter Appleby's nose at 03.30 GMT on February 21 outside the city's Korova bar on Hope Street because he was scared of being attacked.

However, Appleby had accused McCabe of headbutting him for laughing at a comment insulting his girlfriend.

This afternoon Liverpool Crown Court found the singer guilty of assault. He was released on bail but could face jail when he is sentenced on October 29.

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

Earlier in the trial, McCabe had been shown CCTV of the incident after which he told the court he had visited the bar with his girlfriend, two brothers and other friends after attending his mother's 60th birthday party.

The Zutons' frontman said the five students approached them as they left the club and insulted his girlfriend, who was wearing a fur-collared coat.

"The group of men stood next to us and one of them said to my girlfriend, 'You look like you have got a beard,'" he said, before he admitted his girlfriend responded by calling one of them a name.

The group was "laughing and sniggering", he added, so he approached them to "smooth things over", reports BBC News.

"They were surrounding me and I said they couldn't pick on us like that," McCabe said. "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."

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