British singer Finley Quaye has avoided jail time after admitting to smashing up his ex-girlfriend’s café in Edinburgh. The 49-year-old musician, known for his hit album ‘Maverick a Strike,’ pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards Rena Gawa and willfully or recklessly destroying property. The incident occurred on July 15, 2023, when Quaye, in an emotional state following a family bereavement, broke open the front door of Gawa’s café and proceeded to throw chairs, flowers, and smash glasses.
During his court appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Quaye’s defense lawyer, Cameron Tait, explained that his client had come to Edinburgh to speak with his ex-girlfriend. Tait also mentioned that Quaye had phoned the police himself, but was described as “incoherent” during the call. The court was informed that Quaye is currently addressing his substance misuse issues by attending sessions with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
Sheriff Matthew Auchincloss offered his sympathies to Quaye over his bereavement and sentenced him to a 12-month supervision order. Additionally, the sheriff decided not to impose a non-harassment order.
This is not the first time Quaye has faced legal troubles. In 2019, he was spared jail after threatening a bar manager and engaging in violent behavior in London. He was sentenced to unpaid work and a rehabilitation order. In 2012, Quaye was found guilty of aggravated assault in Edinburgh and sentenced to unpaid work. The singer also faced financial difficulties and was declared bankrupt in the same year.
Finley Quaye, who won the Mobo Award for best reggae act in 1997 and the Brit Award for best British male solo artist in 1998, has had a tumultuous history with the law.