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N-Dubz rapper Dappy appeared in court today charged over his alleged role in a fight at a petrol station
N-Dubz rapper Dappy will challenge his conviction for assault and affray at the Court of Appeal today.
The 25-year-old singer was convicted in January in connection with a brawl at a petrol station in Guildford, Surrey.
The pop star, whose real name is Costadinos Contostavlos, was given a six month suspended sentence at Guildford Crown Court in February.
He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours community service.
Dino Contostavlos, better known as Dappy from N-Dubz, was given a suspended six-month sentence while two co-defendants received a total of 33 months' imprisonment.
- Alfred Miller - 19 months imprisonment plus total of £4,500 to victims and £1,000 prosecution costs
- Kieran Vassell -14 months imprisonment plus total of £1,500 to victims and £500 prosecution costs
- Dino Contostavlos - Six months imprisonment for affray suspended for 18 months plus 14 days to run concurrently for assault by beating, 150 hours of unpaid work, plus total of £4,500 to victims and £2,000 prosecution costs.
A Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service has given the following statement on Dino Contostavlos' sentence:
– Nigel Knight, CPS
This case involved a violent attack on three young men on a night out, who were admirably attempting to protect two girls they had just met.
Anyone in the situation these victims found themselves in would have feared for their own safety.
Unable to defend themselves, they were left with numerous injuries as a result of a gratuitous attack.
N-Dubz rapper Dappy was given a six-month sentence suspended for 18 months for assault and affray at Guildford Crown Court today for a brawl he sparked at a petrol station. The singer broke down in tears and shouted 'yes' as the sentence was delivered.
Three other men were also convicted for the attack in February last year.
Dappy, dressed in a black V-neck sweater, sighed and shook his head when the verdicts were announced.
The jury, made up of eight men and four women, deliberated for eight hours.
Judge Neil Stewart adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports to be prepared. Sentencing is set to be carried out on February 15.
N-Dubz rapper Dappy has denied sparking a petrol station brawl because he was "disrespected" by two teenage women who called him "boring".
The 25-year-old is charged with affray, two counts of common assault and one of assault by beating in connection with the fight at the Shell garage in Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, at about 3.30am on February 28 last year.
The trial at Guildford Crown Court has heard that Dappy had been out that night celebrating at a nightclub the release of his new single Rockstar featuring Queen guitarist Brian May.
The case continues.
Guildford Crown Court heard that N-Dubz rapper Dappy sparked a "mob attack" when he spat at two girls who refused to get into a car with him and his friends.
Onlooker David Jenkins defended the girls after the rapper allegedly called them 'sluts' and 'ugly', and proceeded to put Dappy in a headlock, after the rapper swung a punch at him.
Dappy was joined by two other men and the incident at a petrol station in Guildford turned into a "mob-handed, utterly unlawful and aggressive attack" said Prosecutor Brian Stork.
A saliva stain on alleged victim David Jenkins' t-shirt has a "billion to one" DNA link to Dappy.
The rapper denies 2 counts of common assault on the two women, one of assault by beating, of Mr Jenkins, and one of affray.
The trial continues tomorrow.
N-Dubz rapper Dappy sparked a "mob attack" at a petrol station when he spat at two girls who refused to get into a car with him and two friends, a court has heard.
Prosecutors said the 25-year-old singer spat at and insulted the girls after they turned down the invite at a Shell garage in Guildford, Surrey, in the early hours of February 28 last year, before spitting at another man, David Jenkins, who had defended them.
Prosecuting barrister Brian Stork told the jury at Guildford Crown Court that Dappy swung a punch at Mr Jenkins, which launched the "mob-handed, utterly unlawful and aggressive attack."
Two other men, Kieran Vassell and Alfred Miller, who had arrived in a second Mercedes car with other unidentified men, joined the attack, he said. Mr Stork showed the jury brief CCTV footage from the garage of the brawl.
Dappy, who is charged under his real name of Costadinos Contostavlos, denies two counts of common assault on the two women, one of assault by beating, of Mr Jenkins, and one of affray. The trial continues.