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N-Dubz star found guilty of affray and assault

FOUND GUILTY: N-Dubz star Dappy arriving for court earlier today (Jan 17)

N-DUBZ STAR Dappy has been found guilty of affray and assault following a brawl at a petrol station in February.

The 25-year-old rapper, who was charged under his real name of Costadinos Contostavlos, was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court today (Jan 17).

He had been charged with affray, two counts of common assault and one of assault by beating. But he was found not guilty of two common assault offences, which included spitting at two girls, Mail Online reports.

The week-long trial heard that Dappy, had been out on February 27 last year when the incident took place.

He was celebrating the release of his single Rockstar featuring Queen guitarist Brian May.

After spending the night at the Casino nightclub in Guildford, the group were travelling back in three cars to the recording studios in Godalming, when they stopped at the Shell garage in Woodbridge Road, Guildford, at about 3.30am on February 28.

It was claimed that Dappy approached Grace Cochran and Serena Burton, both 19, who were sitting on the kerb outside the station shop and tried to persuade them to get into the car with him.

The court was told that when they refused these advances and began to ridicule him, Dappy allegedly became angry and called them sluts.

He was then accused of spitting at them but missing - the two counts of common assault faced by the singer.

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Brian Stork, prosecuting, said a man called David Jenkins, who had been talking to the two women, then stepped in to protect them but was spat at by Dappy.

The trial was told that saliva was found on Mr Jenkins' T-shirt which had a DNA link to Dappy with one-in-a-billion probability that it came from someone unrelated to him.

The court heard that Mr Jenkins put the rapper in a headlock, leading to several other people joining in the fight including the two other defendants, Kieran Vassell, 25, of Hammersmith, west London, and Kalonji Stewart, 32, of Harborne, Birmingham, who were both charged with affray.

A fourth man, Alfred Miller, 28, of Brentford, west London, has pleaded guilty to affray and his case was adjourned for sentence at the end of the trial.

The jury took eight hours to reach its verdicts. It also found Vassell guilty of affray.
The jury also found Stewart not guilty of affray.

Sentencing was set to be carried out on February 15 and the pair were released on unconditional bail until then.

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