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Pastry chef jailed for smashing Jamiroquai singer's Ferrari

Published 17/04/2009

Jay Kay's Ferrari was damaged by Aaron Billington
Jay Kay's Ferrari was damaged by Aaron Billington

A pastry chef who vandalised singer Jay Kay’s £1m Ferrari after the star invited two women to |a hotel room was last night beginning a jail term.

Aaron Billington (21), who had an “emotional attachment” to one of the women, was seen throwing stones at the sports car, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

In jailing Billington for 20 weeks Judge David Goodin described the attack as spiteful.

The court heard Billington might have been angry at being mocked for his stutter before inflicting the damage, which totalled nearly £10,000.

He had seen Jay Kay, the star’s friend “Charlie” and the women walking along the beach in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, at about 12.45am on March 3. Witnesses said Billington was arrogant to Jay Kay, who tried to ignore him.

Billington, who was working at the hotel where Jay was staying, was then mocked, Christopher Morgan, mitigating, 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. That is perhaps unknown to Jay Kay at the time.

“There’s one significant factor that explains why the defendant was being mocked — and that’s his stutter.”

Billington was seen throwing stones at the star’s Ferrari Enzo and was arrested at his flat in the hotel a short time later.

The court heard Jay Kay’s insurance policy included a £10,000 excess, leaving a £3,500 bill to valet the car and £2,500 to replace its windscreen. But prosecutor Naomi Turner said he had no wish to recover the cash.

“He hasn’t made a victim statement but said if compensation was ordered, he doesn’t want to claim it but would donate it to charity,” she said.

Billington, who has lost his job and is without anywhere to live, was drunk at the time of the offence and had no recollection of what led to it, the court heard.

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