Man found guilty of nightclub assault - Reading

05/09/2014

A man appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court today, Friday, 05 September 2014, and was found guilty of assault.

Costadinos Contostavlos, otherwise known as Dappy from N-Dubz, aged 27, of Royal College Street in London, was found guilty of assault by beating.

At around 2am on 06 October last year, Contostavlos became involved in an altercation with a 21-year-old man in Evissa nightclub in Reading.  He punched the man in the face, injuring his nose.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Monday, 06 October.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the unprovoked assault of a man, who was celebrating his birthday, in a Reading nightclub.

"Following a verbal exchange between Contostavlos and the victim, Contostavlos punched the victim in the face causing a bleeding and swollen nose and leading to the victim being ejected from the club.

"Contostavlos denied assaulting the victim, but was found guilty despite his denials.

"Violence of any kind in our communities will not be tolerated.  The CPS will continue to work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts."

Investigating officer Shelene Potter from Reading CID said: "The impact offences of this kind can have on our night time economy is huge. Residents and visitors to our town should feel safe to enjoy themselves without fear of violence, and I hope that bringing offenders like Contostalvos to justice will reassure the local community and serve to remind other would-be offenders that violence in Reading will not be tolerated."