Edinburgh-born reggae star Finley Quaye has been convicted of assault for headbutting a terminally ill friend during an argument over cult fantasy series Game Of Thrones.
The BRIT Award winner, who was established by hit album Maverick A Strike in 1997, appeared in court where he denied attacking Julian Ashley while they watched the show back in June.
Quaye, who is the youngest son of jazz musician Cab Kay, has 22 previous convictions and a ‘history of violent offending’.
“Aren’t I more important than ‘Games of Thrones’?,” he reportedly shouted before headbutting Ashley, according to reports.
Prosecutor Alexa Morgan told Highbury Magistrates’ Court: “The victim has known the defendant for 30 years and is suffering from terminal cancer. He is frail and needs a mobility scooter and assistance at home.
“He was watching television when the defendant came to the door and after letting him in continued watching. The defendant took exception to that. He became abusive and lost his temper and Mr Ashley decided to escort him from the flat.”
Morgan added: “Without warning he headbutted Mr Ashley, causing a split to his nose and extensive bruising.”
The 42-year-old Quaye, who now lives in Stockport, was given a 12-month probation order and ordered to carry 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £620 costs.