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Jay Kay car attack chef is jailed

Aaron Billington
The court heard Billington may have been angry at being mocked

A Suffolk chef who admitted causing more than £9,000 of damage to a £1m Ferrari owned by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay has been jailed for 20 weeks.

Aaron Billington, 21, of Aldeburgh, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court after previously admitting causing criminal damage to the Ferrari Enzo.

The incident happened on 3 March outside a hotel in Aldeburgh.

At an earlier hearing in Lowestoft, Billington said he committed the crime in a "moment of madness".

'Mocked for stutter'

Ipswich Crown Court heard the pastry chef vandalised the Ferrari after seeing the star with a woman he had an "emotional attachment" with.

It heard Billington might also have been angry at being "mocked" for his stutter.

Christopher Morgan, mitigating, said Billington inflicted more than £9,000 of damage to the vehicle after seeing the woman go to the star's hotel room.

Mr Billington had an emotional attachment to one of the young ladies in the company of Charlie and Jay Kay

Christopher Morgan,
Aaron Billington's solicitor

The court was told Billington saw Jay Kay and a man called Charlie walking along the beach with two women at about 12.45am on 3 March.

Billington started to become "arrogant" towards the star, who "didn't really want to speak" to him, and the "mocking" began shortly after, Mr Morgan said.

"No one has explained what the mocking was," he said.

"I put it very simply. Firstly, Mr Billington had an emotional attachment to one of the young ladies in the company of Charlie and Jay Kay.

Damaged by stones

"There's one significant factor that explains why the defendant was being mocked - and that's his stutter."

Billington's stutter became more obvious at times when he was "under pressure", Mr Morgan said.

But he did not know exactly what had happened because he was "in drink", he added.

Jay Kay Ferrari
The driver's side window was smashed in the incident

Shortly after, Jay Kay invited the two women to his room, Mr Morgan said.

"It was easy to draw the obvious conclusion what was going on at the time," he said.

Witnesses then saw Billington vandalising the car by throwing stones at it.

The court heard the total amount of damage had been revised from an initial estimate of £30,000 to £9,434.03.

This included £2,500 to replace the windscreen, £700 to replace the driver's side window and £3,500 to polish the paintwork and valet the car.

Kay, whose insurance excess was £10,000, also had to pay £370 to have the vehicle towed away.

Billington was jailed for a total of 20 weeks after admitting failing to answer bail and leaving bed and breakfast accommodation and an Indian restaurant without paying, as well as the criminal damage charge.



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