Dappy found guilty of affray and one count of assault



Dappy has been found guilty of affray and one count of assault.

The 25-year-old N-Dubz star was appearing at Guildford Crown Court in Surrey along with two other men.

The court had been told Dappy sparked a "mob-handed attack" when he spat at Grace Cochran and Serena Burton, both 19. It happened at a Shell garage in Guildford on 28 February last year.

The jury convicted Dappy of affray and assault by beating, which involved him spitting at a man.

He has been found not guilty of two other counts of common assault, in which he was accused of spitting at but missing the two 19-year-old women.

Dappy, who was charged under his real name of Costadinos Contostavlos, was in court dressed in a black V-neck sweater.

He sighed and shook his head when the verdicts were announced.

Kieran Vassell, 25, from Hammersmith was found guilty of affray.

Judge Neil Stewart adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports to be prepared on Dappy and Vassell.

The sentencing is set for 15 February and the pair were released on unconditional bail until then.

A third man, Kalonji Stewart, 32, from Harborne in Birmingham, was found not guilty of affray.

The jury, made up of eight men and four women, took eight hours to reach its verdicts.

Ms Cochran said the star had originally 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.

During the trial Ms Cochrane and Ms Burton were asked about messages they had posted on Twitter and BBM (Blackberry Messenger) about the case.

The defence argued they were "unreliable witnesses" as they had sent Twitter and Blackberry messages stating how they intended to sell their stories to the national newspapers.

Miss Burton also sent a message stating that she could not remember what had happened.

In response to questions asked during the trial Ms Cochrane said: "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."

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