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DNA link on T-shirt to accused N-Dubz rapper Dappy

By Ben Mitchell

A saliva stain on the T-shirt of the victim of a fight allegedly involving N-Dubz rapper Dappy has a “billion-to-one” DNA link to the singer, a court has heard.

Guildford Crown Court heard Dappy sparked a “mob attack” when he spat at two girls who refused to get into a car with him and two friends at a petrol station in the early hours of the morning.

The spit missed the girls but he then spat at another person, David Jenkins, who had stood up to defend them before being attacked himself, the court heard.

Dappy, charged under his real name of Costadinos Contostavlos, swung a punch at him before Mr Jenkins put the rapper in a headlock, the trial was told.

Forensic scientist Carolyn Smith told the court that saliva linked to Dappy was detected on Mr Jenkins' T-shirt.

She said: “We estimated the probability of getting this DNA profile from another person who was unrelated to Mr Contostavlos as one in a billion.”

Dappy denies two counts of common assault on the two women, one of assault by beating, of Mr Jenkins, and one of affray.

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