Singer Dappy guilty of club assault

Published Thursday, 19 June 2014
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Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been found guilty of assaulting a man outside a nightclub and fined £800.

Singer Dappy guilty of club assault
Singer Dappy at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court. (© PA)

The 27-year-old, who appeared on the court list under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos, had denied attacking George Chittock in the early hours of 27 February during a public appearance at Chicago's nightclub in Chelmsford, Essex.

Dappy claimed he lashed out in self-defence, but he was convicted by magistrates at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Chair of the bench Angela Tucker said the magistrates had found Contostavlos was not under any physical threat at the time of the incident.

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'."

The court was read details of Contostavlos's criminal record, including a six-month suspended sentence for affray and assault in February 2012.

A trial last year heard how he sparked a "mob-handed attack" when he spat at Grace Cochran and Serena Burton, who were both 19, at a filling station in Guildford.

Mitigating on Thursday, Mr Harrison said: "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."

Referring to his client's ability to pay a fine or compensation, he said his client is well paid but his earnings are sporadic and he is currently awaiting a five-figure payment.

But he added that Contostavlos's finances were limited by a recent tax settlement.

As well as the fine, he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £930.

© UTV News
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