Britain's Got Talent star 'gave vodka and beer' to 15-year-old boy, court hears #CAPupdate

Leeroy Bailey, a finalist in the 2007 series with dance troupe Kombat Breakers, denies child neglect

A teenage boy was in hospital for three days after drinking vodka and beer at the home of Britain’s Got Talent finalist Leeroy Bailey, a court has heard.

The 15-year-old said he “couldn’t stand up” after downing two shots and a half a lager at Bailey’s flat in Coventry and asked him to call an ambulance as he couldn’t stop being sick.
Bailey, 35, denies a charge of neglecting a child in a manner likely to cause suffering or injury to health.

What did the jury hear?

A trial at Warwick Crown Court which started today heard that the teenager met Bailey after the dancer reached the final of the popular TV talent show in 2007 with dance troupe Kombat Breakers.

The boy went up to him in the street to ask for his autograph and Bailey told him to ‘holla’ - meaning to message him via Facebook - the court heard.

The court heard the boy was then a regular visitor to Bailey’s flat, with his mum’s permission.
Giving evidence via a video link, the boy said he hadn’t had any alcohol to drink before arriving at Bailey’s flat in Foleshill on the night in question in February last year.

He said Bailey offered him some vodka in a shot glass and stated ‘why don’t you try some of this?’.

The teen said that Bailey poured the drink in the kitchen and then passed it to him.
“What did you do when given it?” asked prosecutor Jonathan Eley.

“I drank it. All in one go,” answered the teenager, adding: “It burned the back of my throat. It was horrible - a nasty drink.”

The 15-year-old said that Bailey then offered him a second shot of vodka, which he had and made him feel “a bit dizzy”.

The court was told that Bailey then split a can of Skol lager between himself and the boy.
“I felt a little bit sick as I had the vodka and then that (Skol) on top. I couldn’t stand up,” said the teenager.

He stated he was then offered a biscuit to eat and then felt “really sick”, so he took off his tracksuit and was sick in the toilet.

Leeroy Bailey arrives at the Warwick Crown Court in Leamington

Defence cross-examination

Delroy Henry, representing Bailey, asked if the lad had just broken up with a girlfriend that day.
The boy said that was true and he had told Bailey about the split.
“Did you ask him for a drink?” asks Mr Henry.
“Yes,” replied the 15-year-old.
“Did he say help yourself?”
“I can’t remember.”
The teen said he was in the kitchen as Bailey had asked him to pour him a drink.
Mr Henry asked: “Did you see a bottle of vodka and did you pour a little bit in to a glass?”
The boy said he did.
“When you went to the kitchen again did you pour another drink as you were thirsty?”
The teen answers: “Maybe.”
Mr Henry: “Did you drink vodka that night?”
“Yes,” replied the boy.
“Did you pour that vodka in to the glass?”
“Yes.”
Upon further questioning from Mr Eley, the 15-year-old said that Bailey poured him the first shot of vodka, while he poured the second shot himself.
When asked if Bailey looked worried about him that night, the boy said: “When I saw his face that night he didn’t know what to do really.


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