Rapper Dappy 'spat at girl before fight', court hears

10/01/13

Dappy

A teenager has told a jury that rapper Dappy spat at her moments before a fight broke out at a petrol station in Surrey last year.

Grace Cochran, 19, has been giving evidence at Guildford Crown Court and has questioned by the rapper's lawyer.

She also admitted sending tweets about selling her story and that she was "in the process of sending him down" but said it was "just conversation".

The N-Dubz star denies the assault and affray charges against him.

Two other men are also standing trial.

Kieran Vassell, 25, from Hammersmith in west London, and 32-year-old Kalonji Stewart, 32, from Harborne in Birmingham, each deny affray.

The court was told that Dappy sparked a "mob-handed attack" when he spat at Grace Cochran and Serena Burton, both 19, as they sat at a Shell garage in Guildford, Surrey, early on 28 February last year.

Ms Cochran said the star had tried to chat her up with the line "all right sexy girls".

When she called him boring, he spat at her and a fight started.

It's claimed that led to three men who stepped in to stick up for her and her friend being left with facial injuries.

Phone messages

Dappy's lawyer Paul Greaney also asked Ms Cochran about a series of messages she had posted on Twitter and BBM (Blackberry messages) about the case.

He said that on Monday night (7 January) she was sent a tweet saying "Send him down" to which she replied "Ha ha ha in the process".

After the pair were photographed outside court earlier that day, Miss Burton tweeted, "Ha ha ha, love life, now we are famous," to which Miss Cochran replied, "Buzzing to be papped".

The 19-year-old also admitted talking about what clothes and make-up she would wear for their court appearance with her friend Serena Burton.

When asked by Mr Greaney if her intention by giving evidence was to gain attention and money, she replied: "We are both 19-year-old girls and the attention was good in our eyes.

"It wasn't our initial intention. I do not think that, standing here now, I want attention.

"I think if anyone knows Serena and I, our characters, it's a very typical thing to be said, we like to joke around about things like that."

The court has also heard from Detective Constable Alex Boxall, from Surrey Police, who arrested Dappy at his recording studio.

He told jurors that the singer claimed he was the one who was assaulted.

When interviewed by officers, Dappy denied spitting at anyone and said he had only spoken to the girls about his single Rockstar, a collaboration with Brian May.

The case continues.

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