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N-Dubz member Dappy has been convicted today of affray in connection with a brawl at a petrol station.
The 25-year-old Camden rapper was also found guilty by jurors at Guildford Crown Court of a charge of assault by beating which involved him spitting at a man at a Shell forecourt in Guildford
However, the singer was cleared of two charges of common assault in which he was accused of spitting at but missing two 19-year-old women.
Dappy, dressed in a black V-neck sweater, sighed and shook his head when the verdicts were announced.
The week-long trial heard that Dappy, charged under his real name of Costadinos Contostavlos, had been out on February 27 last year celebrating the release of his single Rockstar featuring Queen guitarist Brian May.
After spending the night in the VIP area of the Casino nightclub in Guildford, the group were travelling back in three cars to the recording studios in Godalming where Dappy was recording his debut solo album when they stopped at the Shell garage in Woodbridge Road, at about 3.30am on February 28.
Brian Stork, prosecuting, claimed that Dappy approached the 19-year-olds, Grace Cochran and Serena Burton, who were sitting on the kerb outside the station shop and tried to persuade them to get into the car with him to continue the party at the studios.
The court was told that when they refused these advances and began to ridicule him, Dappy allegedly became angry and called them sluts.
Mr Stork said a man called David Jenkins who had been talking to the two women then stepped in to protect them but was spat at by Dappy.
This spitting, which hit Mr Jenkins, made up the charge of assault by beating.
The trial was told that saliva was found on Mr Jenkins’ T-shirt which had a DNA link to Dappy with a one-in-a-billion probability that it came from someone unrelated to him.
The court heard that Mr Jenkins put the rapper in a headlock, leading to several other people joining in the fight including another defendant who stood trial alongside him. Kieran Vassell, 25, of Hammersmith, was also found guilty of affray.
Kalonji Stewart, 32, of Harborne, Birmingham, was cleared of the same offence.
A fourth man, Alfred Miller, 28, of Brentford, west London, has pleaded guilty to affray and his case was adjourned for sentence at the end of the trial.
Judge Neil Stewart adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports to be prepared on Dappy and Vassell. Sentencing will take place on February 15 and the pair was released on unconditional bail.