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The Vines Craig Nichollsarrested on assault charges

The Vines frontman Craig Nicholls has been arrested and charged with five offences – two counts of domestic assault, stalking or intimidation, resisting arrest, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm – following a violent rampage at his house in Connells Point.

Police say that the Vines leader punched his mother twice in the head about 12.15pm on Saturday and, according to a statement released by Hurstville police Inspector Robert Duncan, Nicholls “tried to evade police and [a] violent struggle ensued … A police officer suffered grazes, cuts and bruises to both elbows and knees and was treated at St George Hospital.” Police used capsicum spray to subdue him after he resisted arrest. Nicholls parents have taken out an AVO and he is expected to appear before Sutherland Local Court tomorrow.

The Vines lineup split earlier this year with drummer Hamish Rosser parting ways with Nicholls after 10 years and five albums. Rumours that Rosser and bandmate Ryan Griffiths had been kicked out of The Vines first arose in December last year, when neither member appeared onstage with Nicholls at Homebake. Their departure was unofficially confirmed by Craig Nicholls’ sister Jess in the band’s forums shortly after: “If any of you were at Homebake yesterday, I’m sure you can agree the set was amazing and sounded better than ever. The band has made a creative decision to revert back to a three piece, as they originally started….this is in no way the end of The Vines!!”

Nicholls most recent release is a collaboration with Sydney based singer Appleonia (aka Jessica Chapnik Kahn) on the song ‘She is The Sun’, which will appear on her upcoming debut album Despite the Gods. Khan says that “The song felt like heartache and it needed an aching voice to complete it … Craig was so perfect for it.”

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VegetableLasagne

VegetableLasagne said on the 16th Oct, 2012

you guys should probably mention that he has aspergers, obviously has some relevance..

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 16th Oct, 2012



Why? Because all adult sufferers of Asperger's syndrome assault their parents?

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 16th Oct, 2012

It's not a justification of his action, but at least some form of elaboration/explanation of why it may have happened. Violent outbursts can be very common with more extreme cases of autism.

This is really just so horrible. I just want Craig to be well again.

David_Wenham

David_Wenham said on the 16th Oct, 2012

plus his past drug use wouldn't have helped his condition. and i don't mean that in a "it's his own fault way", just makes it more likely that he is really unwell. seem's a bit cold of his parents to take out an avo. then again we don't know the full situation. such a shame.

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 16th Oct, 2012

Nothing more rock and roll then punchin ya mum

nos235

nos235 said on the 16th Oct, 2012

note having a go at anyone except maybe the media - but doesn't it seem like a bit of a double standard, if he'd punched his girlfriend in the head twice on a public street everyone wouldbe saying he doesn't deserve to be reviewed as a musical artist anymore (a la Chris Brown), sure maybe the situation is different but the outcome is the same - a female being hit by a male.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 16th Oct, 2012



At this stage it would seem that it is just being reported as news.

No one has really expressed an opinion on the issue. The reality is that at this stage where there are pending criminal charges, the media doesn't have the right to provide an opinion on the issue.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 16th Oct, 2012

Double standard, pfft. If Chris Brown punched his mum it would be rightly covered in the news.
The new Vines album probably would deserve no stars ever.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 16th Oct, 2012



There is no evidence to support aspergers and violence being linked. I think he might have a few coexisting problems.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 16th Oct, 2012

He's had a lot of drug problems in the past, AFAIK.

retrovertigo

retrovertigo said on the 16th Oct, 2012

can't just be aspergers. i reckon all those bongs he smoked have finally caught up with him - ala schizophrenia. don't get me wrong i love weed - but some personalities are just predisposed to not handle it well. hope he gets better.

squagz

squagz said on the 16th Oct, 2012

Fasterlouder should have comments disabled on court matters like this. Dude's been labelled guilty before he's even fronted court.

andy_chalmers_102

andy_chalmers_102 said on the 16th Oct, 2012

Somehow I think the likelihood of jurors' perceptions being altered by FasterLouder forum posts is slim.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 16th Oct, 2012



Then we're not trying hard enough.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 16th Oct, 2012

Phil Spector would be a free man if it wasn't for us FL posters.

craig123

craig123 said on the 16th Oct, 2012

wow - just wow . Violent outbursts are common regardless of whether or not someone is diagnosed with aspergers/autism or anything else. Alcohol is a good pre-cursor - why not put that one first ?

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th Oct, 2012



To be fair his hair was the clincher in the guilty verdict.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 16th Oct, 2012



Craig has never had alcohol issues. His mental health issues have been linked to marijuana addiction in the past, as well as other drugs.

nos235

nos235 said on the 16th Oct, 2012

I know hundreds of people who smoke pot regulalrly and none of them have ever had a pyschotic break from it. Most likely Meth

craig123

craig123 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

MAB - comment wasn't specifically aimed at saying he had drink problems per se, but alcohol can easily be a pre-cursor, just as drugs. Putting a statement out that mental illness was the reason was the nitpick, just chose the wrong crutch.

squagz

squagz said on the 17th Oct, 2012



It's just general online media basics really, no matter how big or small the audience is.

Phen

Phen said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Wonder if he'll get free?

DinkiDIDude

DinkiDIDude said on the 18th Oct, 2012

While I agree with some of the posters that him having AS is not a base reason for his violence, it may have unfortunately hightened an already bad situation.....im an aspy myself (though granted mild enough to not be obvious, but defintaly on the spectrum) and know that some of my silly outbursts when I was younger were as confusing for me as my family before I was diagnosed (routine broken, hightened anxiety, last minute cancellations etc were all catalysts).......combined with the paranoia associated with prolonged marijuana use and all his other little 'experiments', the guy probably turned himself into a ticking timebomb )0: , agree with MAB on the him getting better comment