Kinks gun case collapses

Ray Davies fails to show for court hearing

The American man accused of shooting Kinks front-man Ray Davies in 2004 has had charges against him dropped.

The case regarded an incident in New Orleans, when Davies was shot in the leg. He had been chasing a man who stole his friend’s wallet.

Davies claimed he was only notified of the court hearing, which occurred last Thursday, a few days before he was expected to attend court, so did not have enough time to travel from London.

The non-appearance meant charges against Jerome Barra were dropped.

The rock legend said: “I am very disappointed with the way this case has been handled.”