Simple Minds Singer Jim Kerr Reduced To Violent Street Mugging?
Important Legal Notice: Although the above photograph shows a Scotsman claiming to be Jim Kerr laying violent hold of another Irishman from Dublin (Bono of U2), it is entirely unconnected with the content of the below true crime story.
I was amused a while back to read a sad affair about an unpleasantly disturbed individual claiming to be Jim Kerr from Simple Minds mugging someone in a Dublin street.
Once upon a time I could believe this of members of New Wave bands who might have run out of money, but Jim Kerr of super-successful Simple Minds? Surely his street fighting years are well behind him?
Simple Minds get a couple of mentions in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, because I was a big fan of their 1980s output, and I’d also seen them perform before they were famous in 1979 at Eric’s Club in Liverpool. So I fearlessly decided to investigate this worrying incident further and discovered the following, although I have added the Simple Minds track headings…
What really happened was a Scotsman mugged a man on a street in Dublin last year, armed with a bottle of wine. During the attack, the mugger asked his victim: “Do you know who I am?”, before bizarrely identifying himself as “Jim Kerr from Simple Minds”.
The attacker then waved the bottle at the man, asked him how much money he had, struck him and took his phone, before running off.
Hunter and The Hunted
Police eventually tracked down the attacker, by reviewing nearby CCTV footage, and William Dunne admitted carrying out the robbery in Dublin.
The mugger, originally from Glasgow, recently pleaded guilty to the robbery, and to an earlier theft on the same day.
In Trance as Mission
At the time of his arrest, Dunne claimed he could not remember the mugging because he was drunk.
Careful in Career
Dunne also admitted the theft of a mobile phone in a bookmaker’s shop in Dublin earlier the same month. and it was revealed that he had numerous previous convictions including theft, criminal damage, assault causing harm and 79 public order offences.
20th Century promised Land
The court heard that Dunne had been in Ireland for almost 19 years and had spent most of that time in custody due to his criminal offending.
A defence barrister said Dunne is now ready to return to Scotland and is willing to do so upon his release from jail.
Calling Your Name
Bombed Out Punk tried to contact Jim Kerr to ask how he felt about his name being taken in vain by a street mugger but we didn’t have a clue how to do so, and doubt he’d have answered anyway.
It is not known whether the bottle attack left a scar on the victim, but I sincerely hope he made a full recovery from this unpleasant and unprovoked attack.
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