Dappy was fined £800 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £930.
– Jon Harrison, Dappy's defence lawyer
It was no doubt a regrettable incident but one that was over very quickly and left a person red faced and very, very angry.He is a polarising figure who is clearly liked by a great many people but he is equally disliked by many others.
Summing up the case, prosecutor Jacqueline Carey had told the court:
It is no defence for anybody, celebrity or otherwise, to say 'I lashed out because he was rude to me'.
Dappy appeared on the court list under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos. He had denied attacking George Chittock in the early hours of February 27 during a public appearance at Chicago's nightclub in Chelmsford. Dappy claimed he lashed out in self-defence.
But he was convicted by magistrates at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court. Chair of the bench Angela Tucker said the magistrates had found Contostavlos was not under any physical threat at the time of the incident. He held is head in his hands as the verdict was delivered.
Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been found guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court of assaulting a man in a nightclub.
- Dappy, whose real name is Costadinos Contostavlos, stood in the dock in a white shirt, black trousers and black trainers as the charge was read to him
- He was granted unconditional bail and will stand trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on June 18
- Dappy was later seen doing some shopping in Chelmsford, loading the boot of his car with an armful of bags from Topshop before popping into a Ladbrokes betting shop
Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has denied assaulting a man outside a nightclub in Essex.
Dappy, whose real name is Costadinos Contostavlos, is accused of attacking the man on February 27 at Chicago's nightclub in Chelmsford, Essex.
The moment Essex Police jumped into a river in Chelmsford to save a driver at risk of drowning was caught on camera. The officers helped keep the 73-year-old's head above water after his car veered off the road.
The driver of a car in Essex has been rescued after his car left the road and ended up in a river. Two police officers jumped into the River Can in Chelmsford to keep his head above water. The 73-year-old driver is being treated in hospital. Three members of the public also helped with the rescue.
Essex Police have appealed for a mother with a young five-month-old baby to get in touch, as they attempt to find her partner following the death of a man in Chemsford.
Kay Phillips is thought to be travelling with her partner Richard Frost, who officers want to question after a teenager was hit by a car and then stabbed.
– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hall, Essex Police
I am becoming increasingly concerned for the wellbeing and safety of Kay and the baby.
I believe Kay to be a loving and caring mother, but she is currently in circumstances where she has no access to money, has no stable environment and lacks the support of her family.
Her family are deeply concerned and wish her to make contact with police at the earliest opportunity. I would appeal to Kay to go with the baby to her nearest police station.