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A YOUNG chef caused �30,000-worth of damage to pop star Jay Kay’s �1m Ferrari after downing a bottle of vodka, a court heard today.
A YOUNG chef caused �30,000-worth of damage to pop star Jay Kay's �1m Ferrari after downing a bottle of vodka, a court heard today.
Aaron Billington claimed he acted after the Jamiroquai singer was “offensive” to him at the Brudenell Hotel, in the Suffolk resort of Aldeburgh.
Today, at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court, 21-year-old Billington pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage and was released on bail to await sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court.
Robert Barnwell, prosecuting, told the court that Billington was on a night off and had been drinking in the hotel where Jay Kay was staying.
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“One of the witnesses described the defendant as being arrogant towards Jay Kay,” said Mr Barnwell. “The defendant admitted to drinking a bottle of vodka and being drunk prior to the incident. Witnesses say that Jay Kay appeared not to want to speak to him.”
Mr Barnwell added that Jay Kay and two others went to his room during the early hours of yesterday morning and were able to see Billington using swinging motions with his arms to smash the windows of the Ferrari Enzo with stones.
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The front windscreen and a side window were broken and the cost of the damage has been valued at �30,000.
Damien Moore, for Billington, said: “One of the first questions I asked Mr Billington was why? He has a good job at the hotel in question where he is a chef.
“On this particular evening he was on a night off and was socialising with people, which included the complainant. He says that as the evening progressed, the complainant began making some comments, which Mr Billington found to be deeply offensive.
“He says that because of the comments being made there was an element of provocation. In a moment of utter madness, he accepted he caused the damage to the complainant's car.
“He didn't seek to deny anything and he readily accepts he was the person responsible for causing the damage. At the police station he was very emotional and showed genuine signs of regret and remorse for his actions. With the benefit of hindsight he accepts he acted totally inappropriately.
“No matter what comments were made, he knows he shouldn't have reacted in the way he did.”
Mr Moore added that his client would not be able to return to the hotel, where he stayed in living quarters. He was bailed to being sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court at a future date.