Six months probation for N-Dubz drummer

By | Published on Wednesday 6 October 2010

Former N-Dubz live drummer Aaron Fagan has been sentenced to six months probation after being convicted of sexual assault earlier this year.

As previously reported, in August Fagan was found guilty of sexually assaulting two students at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, where the group had held an aftershow party following the MOBO Awards ceremony in the city in October last year. Although Fagan disputed their version of events (on the grounds that Glasgow is “hardly a haven for models”), the judge sided with the two students, who said that the drummer had invited them to join the party and then groped them.

Following the ruling at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Fagan was placed on the sex offenders register for six months and sacked from N-Dubz’s touring band. He returned to court this week to receive his sentence.

In court, Fagan’s defence advocate Paul McBride said that as a direct result the court case, the drummer was now struggling to survive, telling the judge: “As a result of the conviction he’s no longer with the band that he had been with for a long period of time. He has also had great difficulty obtaining any work as a drummer as a result of the conviction. He was earning up to £3,000 a week but that has now come to an abrupt end and he’s now applying for state benefits”.

McBridge added that his client “fully withdraws” earlier claims that he was convicted purely because he is black.

Handing down the sentence, Sheriff Joanna Johnston told the musician: “Your behaviour that night towards these girls was wholly unacceptable. You clearly shocked and upset those young women. However, I have taken into account the fact that you did not persist when they asked you to stop and your actions fall to the lower end of this sort of offending”.