THE former manager of UB40 has denied drunkenly resisting arrest by Croatian cops after they demanded he turn off the music at a festival he organised.
Nick Colgan, 55, and wife Charlotte, 44, face charges over the annual Garden Festival dance music event which they staged near the city of Sibenik, on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, until 2015.
The charges relate to the 2013 festival when the Colgans allegedly resisted arrest after refusing police orders to switch off the music after midnight.
The couple are charged with resisting arrest as well as public order offences.
Mr Colgan told the municipal court in Zadar, on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast: “I don’t feel guilty.”
The court heard that cops attended the festival on 29th July 2013 following complaints from residents about loud music at around 2.50am.
Police officers ordered that the music be switched off as the festival only had a licence for up to midnight but Mr Colgan, who was allegedly drunk, refused, reports Zadarski.hr.
Three policemen tried to arrest Mr Colgan but a struggle ensued after he refused to get into their police car.
They forced him onto the back seat but Mr Colgan managed to get out and pushed one officer in the chest.
Mrs Colgan is accused of grabbing another police officer around the shoulders to protect her husband. Police say they had to use force to restrain the couple.
The couple’s lawyer, Smiljan Bakocevic, said that his clients had committed no crime and had already been acquitted of the same accusations by a lower court in Zadar.
In a joint statement, the couple said: “We don’t feel guilty. We’ll give our defence at the end of the evidentiary procedure.”
Mr Colgan, who had been based in Zadar for 12 years, recently moved to the Croatian capital city of Zagreb to open a craft brewery and bar.
He was formerly the studio manager of UB40, the highly successful reggae pop band from Birmingham, who have had more than 50 singles in the UK charts.
The band split in acrimoniously in two in 2008 and there are now two versions, one led by original front man Ali Campbell and the other by his brother Robin, who are locked in a legal battle over the right to use the name.