Tom Meighan arriving at court Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Tom Meighan’s departure from the band was announced on Monday

Former Kasabian singer Tom Meighan has pleaded guilty to assaulting his former fiancee.

The 39-year-old admitted at Leicester Magistrates’ Court attacking Vikki Ager on the evening of 9 April.

The court heard a child had witnessed the assault and contacted 999 to report that a “domestic incident was taking place”.

On Monday, the group announced Meighan had stepped down from the band in order to deal with “personal issues”.

Prosecutor Naeem Valli said the “sustained assault” had left Ms Ager with bruises to her knees, elbow, ankle and “a reddening around her neck”.

The court was told Meighan “smelt heavily of intoxicants” as he assaulted her.

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Image caption Mr Meighan had been in the band for 23 years

Meighan, of Narborough, originally denied an assault had taken place but after watching video footage, he told police he could not watch it any further because it was “horrible”.

Mr Valli told the hearing the child “sounded panicked and afraid” while making the call and the victim could be heard saying “get off me, get off me”.

He added officers described Ms Ager as being “visibly upset” while Meighan was said to be acting “aggressive” and unwilling to co-operate.

He is due to be sentenced later.

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