Suspicious mind: Elvis impersonator “battered suspected love rival”

April 18, 2011 | by

An Elvis tribute singer with a suspicious mind battered a rival impersonator he wrongly believed was trying to seduce his wife, a court has heard.

Michael Cawthray, 43, assaulted fellow performer Jeffery Burton, 48, during an Elvis convention on January 9 last year.

He flew into a rage after walking into Mr Burton’s hotel room to find him sharing a drink with his wife Sioned.

Burton, who is the son of Elvis’s former guitarist James Burton, suffered a broken nose during the scuffle at Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole Hotel.

Cawthray admitted one charge of actual bodily harm when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court yesterday (Mon).

Adjourning the case for sentencing, Judge Julia Macur told him he needed to ”address your insecurities”.

She said: ”You have no previous convictions but you are pleading guilty to a serious assault where the injuries were not insignificant.

”I think the court will benefit from having a pre-sentence report and I want it to consider any community penalty.

”We also need to address your insecurities relating to jealousy and your ill temper.”

Mr Burton, who played with Elvis between 1969 and 1977, had just finished performing in front of thousands of fans when he was attacked.

He was one of 80 impersonators who turned up for the three-day European Elvis Championship held at Birmingham’s NEC Arena.

At an earlier hearing, the court heard Mr Burton persuaded Mr Cawthray’s wife to share a night-cap in his hotel room when his rival burst in.

Shocked fans saw Mr Burton stagger out of the lifts with a bloodied nose and a swollen mouth.

A source said at the time: ”Someone asked him what had happened and he said Michael had done it after discovering his wife in Jeff’s bedroom in the hotel.

”Jeff said Michael’s wife had come to his room for a nightcap and that when Michael discovered where she was, he assumed the worst.”

Cawthray, of Rhos-on-Sea, Conwy, North Wales, was bailed and ordered to return to court for sentencing on May 16.

He refused to comment when he left court.


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