Edinburgh-born pop star Finlay Quaye in Court following domestic abuse
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Edinburgh-born pop star Finley Quaye has appeared in court to admit to causing damage to a property during a domestic disturbance
Quaye, 49, turned up at his former partner’s home at the capital’s Newington area and forced open the locked front door of the flat. The troubled Brit Award winning singer then
shouted and acted aggressively towards Reka Gawa during the incident on Saturday evening.
Court papers also state he threw chairs and flowers and smashed a number of glasses within Ms Gawa’s home. Quaye was arrested following the incident and he spent the weekend in police custody.
The Sunday Shining star appeared in the dock from custody at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday where he admitted two offences aggravated by involving the abuse of a partner, or ex-partner.
Quaye, from Kensington, London, was released from custody and sentence was deferred to next month for the preparation of criminal social work reports.
Quaye pleaded guilty to wilfully or recklessly destroying property belonging to another and did force open a door of the premises while it was locked at an address at South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, on July 15 this year.
He also admitted to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards ex-partner Reka Gawa and did throw chairs, flowers and smash a number of glasses within the premiers on the same date.Both offences were said to be aggravated by the abuse of a partner, or ex-partner.
The 90s pop star has a string of previous convictions including causing criminal damage following a bust up with a London bus driver in June 2020.
Quaye was also spared a jail sentence when he appeared at Westminster Magistrate’s Court in 2019 after he threatened to shoot a bar manager and ‘get a grenade’ after a performing at a gig.
He admitted to punching Robert Jenei in the face, attacking a car and shouting racist abuse after playing at London’s Troubadour venue and was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitation order.Quaye was also found guilty of a charge of aggravated assault following an incident in Edinburgh in 2012. He was sentenced to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work, and later the same year the singer was declared bankrupt with a tax debt of £383,000. Edinburgh-born Quaye's 1997 album Maverick a Strike went double platinum and he landed the MOBO Award for best reggae act the same year.
Quaye was then awarded the Best British Male Solo Artist at the BRITs in 1998 and was praised for his laid-back synergy of musical styles combining styles like roots reggae and trip-hop. He also has a notable musical heritage as son of composer Cab Kaye and half-brother of Elton John's guitarist Caleb Quaye.