‘Promising’ rapper weeps after avoiding jail time

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N-Dubz rapper Dappy broke down in tears yesterday as he avoided a jail term when he was sentenced for assault and affray.

The singer was given a six-month sentence suspended for 18 months at Guildford Crown Court and ordered to carry out 150 hours community service.

He was also ordered to pay £4,500 compensation and £2,000 in costs.

The 25-year-old had faced a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment after being convicted in connection with a brawl at a petrol station in Guildford, Surrey.

The trial held last month heard that the pop star became angry and violent after two teenage women “disrespected” him by refusing to get into his car to go to a party at his recording studios, sparking the fight which led to three men being seriously injured.

His co-defendants, Kieran Vassell – the brother of Dappy’s partner Kaye Vassell – and songwriter Alfred Miller, were both jailed for their part in the affray.

Praying as the verdict was announced, Dappy, wearing a white shirt and black tie, broke down in tears and shouted “Yes” as Judge Neil Stewart announced that his prison term would be suspended.

Judge Stewart told Dappy, charged under his real name of Costadinos Contostavlos, that although the offences he committed were serious enough to attract a custodial sentence, he would suspend it because of his remorse.

He said: “The report I have on you suggests you do not present overtly criminal attitudes and this offence has been a wake-up call for you.”

Judge Stewart continued that Dappy, who was put in a headlock during the fight, had been justified in resisting this, but he said that the jury had found Dappy had then swung one or two punches once he had been released, meaning that he had participated in the affray.

The judge added: “Your culpability in the affray was considerably less than that of your co-defendants.”

The judge added: “The sentence I have decided on is not affected by any consideration of whether a person is well-known to the public.”

But he did acknowledge the singer’s success by saying: “You are 25, you have applied your talent, worked hard and achieved considerable success in the music industry and your career continues to show promise.”

The court was also told that Dappy had previous convictions for assault and possessing a bladed weapon.