Dappy receives suspended jail term
Rapper Dappy broke down in tears on Friday as he narrowly avoided prison for his part in a brawl at a filling station last year.
The former N-Dubz star, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, reportedly prayed in the dock and shouted "Yes!" as he was handed a six-month suspended sentence at Guildford Crown Court.
He was also ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and pay £4,500 compensation and £2,000 in court costs.
The 25 year old was convicted of assault and affray last month after the court heard he sparked a fight at a gas station in Surrey in February last year.
He was warned he faced the possibility of prison, but he escaped with the suspended sentence after his lawyer Paul Greaney told the court a jail term would destroy the rapper's career.
The lawyer said, "It is inevitable now that he will not be able to visit or work in America. Furthermore, as a result of the convictions, certain important radio stations will not play his records. His earning capacity now is extremely limited and those responsible for his management believe a period of custody will bring his career to an end."
Passing sentence, Judge Neil Stewart told the star, "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."
Two associates of the rapper, who were also involved in the scuffle, were not so lucky - Kieran Vassell, 25, was jailed for 14 months for affray, and Alfred Miller, 28, got 19 months for the same offence.
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Seems unfortionate for the other two going to prison when they didnt start the fight and just because they didnt have a career in rapp.in fact dapper should have done time and has got away lightly.not consistent these sentences.
Why is it unfortunate that two violent thugs have been punished with prison?.
What IS that on his chin?
Robert Mark Ferry
More signs of celebrities bending or breaking the rules and getting away with it while the average man pays the cost. If I drink drive I could go to jail that would mean I would get sacked so how am I different to dippy
Broke down in tears ha what a cry baby rapper more like crapper,what sort of man goes arond spitting on women who see him for what he his and then sets his thugs on decent people who stood up for the girls.
A pussycat without the cat.