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Dappy facing prison term following latest assault conviction

By | Published on Tuesday 7 October 2014


If the complexities of Dappy’s various convictions for assault weren’t already confusing enough, sentencing on his latest has been referred to another court to consider whether the new conviction breaches the terms of an earlier suspended sentence.

As previously reported, Dappy last month picked up his second conviction of the year for assault in a nightclub. The rapper was convicted of punching a man in the face at Reading nightspot Evissa. This followed a similar conviction in Chelmsford back in June.

However, while considering the sentence Dappy should be given for the Reading incident, the judge in the case has decided to refer the matter to Guildford Crown Court. Why? Well, because the N-Dubber doesn’t just have a previous conviction for assaulting someone in a nightclub, but also for assaulting some one in a petrol station (in Guildford), albeit after leaving a nightclub.

When sentenced for the petrol station assault in February 2013, he was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for eighteen months, and the judge in the new case believes this latest guilty verdict contravenes the terms of that sentence.

“This is a man who obviously has violent tendencies, to put it mildly”, said Judge Davinder Lachhar at a sentencing hearing yesterday. Explaining why she was referring the case, she told Dappy: “Certainly from my part I would be thinking of a custodial sentence, but it’s only right that the same court should sentence you”.

The rapper has now been bailed pending a new hearing in Guildford. For the Chelmsford nightclub assault, Dappy was given an £800 fine in June.