Zutons singer guilty of Liverpool assault

Zutons singer Dave McCabe
Image caption The singer told the court that he 'didn't have time' to protect himself from being attacked

The lead singer of The Zutons, who broke a man's nose after his girlfriend was insulted, has been found guilty of assault.

Dave McCabe, 29, headbutted Peter Appleby during a row outside a nightclub, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

McCabe, who wrote the hit song Valerie, denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm and claimed he had acted in self-defence.

He was released on bail and will be sentenced on 29 October.

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

The court had heard that McCabe had drunk three glasses of wine and five bottles of beer before the assault outside Korova bar on Hope Street.

Six pints

He had been visiting it with his girlfriend, two brothers and other friends after attending his mother's 60th birthday party.

He was seen on CCTV at 0330 GMT on 21 February headbutting Mr Appleby, who the court heard had consumed six pints of Guinness.

McCabe told the court a group of five students approached his party as they left the club and insulted his girlfriend who was wearing a fur-collared coat.

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'.

He said his girlfriend responded by calling one of them a name.

McCabe said he had approached them to "smooth things over".

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