90s Brit Awards winner Finley Quaye spared jail after smashing up exs cafe

Pop star Finley Quaye has been spared jail after admitting to smashing up his former partner’s cafe.

The Brit Award-winner, 49, broke open the front door of ex Rena Gawa’s business and damaged the Edinburgh eatery within on July 15. He pleaded guilty to behaving in an abusive manner and to willfully or recklessly destroying property when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

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Sheriff Matthew Auchincloss sentenced Quaye, currently of Kensington, London, to a 12-month supervision order and agreed not to impose a non-harassment order. Defending Quaye, Cameron Tait, told the court his client had travelled to Edinburgh to speak to Ms Rawa after suffering a family bereavement.

Mr Tait added that Quaye had also phoned the police himself and was said to be "incoherent" during the 999 call, reports EdinburghLive. Despite their relationship being over, Ms Rawa said she was not seeking a non-harassment order and still wanted to be friends with her ex. Mr Tait explained: "He was struggling and things boiled over" resulting in him throwing chairs and flowers, and breaking glasses. The court was also told Quaye is currently addressing his longstanding substance misuse by attending sessions with help groups Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

The Sunday Shining singer has racked up a string of previous convictions over the past few years, meanwhile. In 2016 he was convicted of assault after headbutting his terminal cancer suffering pal in a row over Game of Thrones. Three years later the singer, who was voted Best British Male Solo Artist in 1998, narrowly escaped a jail sentence after punching a bar manager and threatening to stab him in the kidney.

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Instead, he was ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs and a fine totalling £525. And in the same year Quaye was accused of going on a boozy rampage with an iron bar at a B&B where he called guests "c***s".

The Scotsman stayed there following a gig in Truro, with the its owner later commenting: "Our night manager described him as behaving like a lunatic. In 12 years we've never had anything like this before – and we've had people like the Manic Street Preachers staying here."

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