The distressing details of the “horrible” drunken assault Tom Meighan inflicted on his former fiancée Vikki Ager have been explained in court.
Meighan, who first denied the charge of domestic abuse, later pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates Court after witnessing CCTV footage of the brutal attack. After watching the footage in the aftermath, Meighan allegedly told officers to turn it off because it was “horrible”.
The incident, which resulted in the 39-year-old musician descending into a drunken rage, was captured by surveillance footage and showed Meighan striking the victim. The evidence then allegedly shows the former Kasabian lead singer dragging Vikki Ager into their back garden by her ankles.
The attack took place during the health crisis lockdown in April. Following his appearance in court, Meighan’s lawyer confessed that the singer is now facing “personal humiliation, but he has nobody but himself to blame”.
The court was informed that Ms Ager suffered multiple injuries during the attack. As a result, she was left with bruising to her left elbow, her ankles, knees and significant red marks around her neck.
During the case, Prosecutor Naeem Valli told the court that Meighan’s actions “could be argued to be relatively serious” and later described it as a “sustained assault”.
Meighan has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work.
The news comes just 24 hours after Meighan’s shock decision to leave the indie rock group, one he formed in Leicester in 1997. “Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent,” the statement read.
“Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track. We will not be commenting further.”
A source told the British tabloid: “The guys all love Tom dearly, but the current situation is untenable. Sadly parting ways for the time being was the only answer.”