The Vines Craig Nicholls arrested 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.”