Paolo jets in from South America to appear in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court

Paisley singer Paolo Nutini has flown in from South America to continue fighting his drink driving rap.

The 30-year-old, who is accused of driving his Mini Cooper after drinking twice the legal limit of alcohol, flew back to his home town to confirm that his he is taking the matter to trial.

The News Shoes singer, wearing a white shirt, a brown Harrington-style jacket and jeans, appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday, where lawyers said he is pleading not guilty to the charges.

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His defence agent Brian Lanaghan, representing the singer at the hearing said: “The accused has been abroad and has flown back last night, so full instructions still have to be taken.

“But we are happy for the matter to be continued to trial.”

Fiscal depute Frank Clarke told the court the Crown is prepared for trial, but is awaiting the results of a “forensic calculation.”

He added: “The Crown has one civilian witness and two police officers and no exclusion requests and is ready to continue to the trial date.”

The accused, from Castlehead in the town, has been on a tour of South America and journeyed back for the hearing before Sheriff Craig Harris, who has scheduled the trial for next month.

Sheriff Harris told the singer: “I will continue the matter to the trial, and the accused is ordained to appear on the date previously assigned.”

Nutini was approached by fans and took time to greet well-wishers as he left the court in the company of his lawyer.

He stands of accused of being in charge of a motor vehicle on January 21, at Maxwelton Street, Canal Street and High Road, Castlehead, Paisley, after consuming excess alcohol where breath tests showed there was 48 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath per 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 22 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.

At his previous court appearance in March, lawyers had attempted to have his appearance excused due to his…

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