Dappy trial witness was sent ‘horrific’ abuse on Twitter
18:46 22 January 2013
A teenager who gave evidence in the trial of N-Dubz rapper Dappy says she was abused on Twitter by the musician’s fans.
Serena Burton claimed at Guildford Crown Court that the star sparked a fight at a petrol station after she and her friend, Grace Cochran, spurned his advances.
The 25-year-old from Camden, charged under his real name of Costadinos Contostavlos, was convicted of affray and assault by beating and could face a prison sentence of up to three years when he is sentenced.
Speaking on ITV’s Daybreak, Miss Burton said she had been sent several messages by Dappy’s fans following the trial.
They included one saying: “Ha ha - hope you and your mate die a horrible death.”
Miss Burton said: “We have had some horrific messages sent to us and in some ways it was unfair.
“All we did was witness to help those young boys, it’s not a nice thing.
“It’s upsetting but me and Grace try to ignore it. It’s not a nice thing to go through.”
Dappy was found not guilty of two counts of common assault which related to allegations that he spat at Miss Burton and Miss Cochran, both 19.
He denied spitting at the two teenagers and said he only spoke to them to promote his single Rockstar featuring Queen guitarist Brian May.
Miss Burton added the backlash had put her off the idea of being a witness again.
She said: “If I had to I would, but the whole experience has put us off doing it.”
Describing the actual incident, she said that at the time she had not realised it was Dappy.
She said: “At the time we had no idea who it was and I think part of that caused the fight to break out.
“The whole experience was something shocking, that someone would do that to another person.”
Co-defendant Kieran Vassell, 25, of Hammersmith was also found guilty of affray and Alfred Miller, 28, of Brentford, pleaded guilty to affray.
All three defendants are to be sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on February 15.
A fourth defendant, Kalonji Stewart, 32, of Harborne, Birmingham, was found not guilty of affray.