Dappy broke down in tears and shouted "Yes!" when told he would not be serving a prison sentence for a brawl at a petrol station in Guildford last year. The singer was given a six-month sentence suspended for 18 months at Guildford crown court on Friday morning (February 15, 2013), and told he must complete 150 hours of community service and pay £2,000 costs.
The 25-year-old had faced a maximum sentence of three years in jail after being convicted in connection with a brawl last year. The court heard during a nine-day trial last month that the pop star became angry after two 19-year-old girls refused to get into his car and go to a party at his recording studios. The disagreement led to a fight during which three men were injured. Dappy - real name Costadinos Contostavlos - had been out with friends celebrating the release of his single Rockstar. After spending the night in the VIP area of a Casino nightclub in Guildford drinking shots and Jack Daniels, the group headed back in three cars to the recording studios, stopping at the Shell garage at around 3.30am.
The court was told that Dappy had previous convictions for assault and possessing a bladed weapon. In November 2005, he was given a community order for possessing a bladed weapon in a public place, while in September 2007 he was given 40 hours of community service for battery when he pushed a taxi driver following an argument in Camden.