Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Dappy receives suspended sentence

Dappy broke down in court after receiving a suspended sentence for assault

N-Dubz rapper Dappy broke down in tears and shouted 'Yes' after 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 do 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.

The court heard during a nine-day trial last month that the pop star became angry and violent after two teenaged 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 injured.

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 the prison term would be suspended.

Dappy's sentence was made up of six months for the affray offence and 14 days to run concurrent for the assault offence.

Judge Stewart told Dappy that although the offences he committed were serious enough to attract a custodial sentence, he would suspend it because of his remorse at his actions.

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."

He went on: "Spitting at someone is a repulsive action and is more serious because you have done something similar in the past. Even on that aggravation, the offence would not be so serious as to merit a prison sentence."

Outside court, Dappy stopped to share a hug with tearful fans before he was driven away in a black BMW car with blackened windows.

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