Judge throws out case against reggae star Finley Quaye

AN irate judge has blasted the Crown Prosecution Service for disgraceful inefficiency after a case against a former award-winning reggae singer collapsed. Finley Quaye, 35, had been accused of assaulting tour manager Campbell McNeill in a fight at the R

AN irate judge has blasted the Crown Prosecution Service for "disgraceful" inefficiency after a case against a former award-winning reggae singer collapsed.

Finley Quaye, 35, had been accused of assaulting tour manager Campbell McNeill in a fight at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. He bit his victim on the arm, it was alleged.

The former Hampstead resident and one-time Brit Award winner was due to stand trial at Highbury Corner magistrates' court last Thursday. But the case was thrown out after a CPS paperwork blunder.

It emerged that Mr McNeill and main witness, guitarist Joseph Greer, could not attend court as they were touring with their band Temper Trap in the US.

More on this story in Thursday's Ham&High