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Violent crime covers a wide range of offences including:

These crimes are extremely rare, they account for only about 1% of all crime. Yet they cause significant harm, both to individual victims and their families in terms of physical injury and psychological trauma, and to society more widely in terms of fear. We are committed to prosecuting violent crimes efficiently and effectively.

"Dappy" sentenced to six months' suspended imprisonment


Dino Contostavlos, also known as "Dappy" from pop group N-Dubz, has been sentenced to suspended imprisonment, a fine and unpaid work after being found guilty of affray and assault by beating at an earlier trial.

Dino Contostavlos and co-defendants Alfred Miller and Kieran Vassell were convicted following a trial at Guildford Crown Court. It followed an attack on three young men at a petrol station in the town in February 2012, after Contostavlos spat at two girls on the petrol forecourt. One victim was left with nine broken teeth, while another suffered a fractured nose.

Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the CPS South East Area, Nigel Knight, said: "This case involved a violent attack on three young men on a night out, who were admirably attempting to protect two girls they had just met. Anyone in the situation these victims found themselves in would have feared for their own safety. Unable to defend themselves, they were left with numerous injuries as a result of a gratuitous attack."

The defendants were sentenced as follows: 

  • Alfred Miller - 19 months imprisonment plus total of £4,500 to victims and £1,000 prosecution costs
  • Kieran Vassell - 14 months imprisonment plus total of £1,500 to victims and £500 prosecution costs
  • Dino Contostavlos - six months imprisonment for count 1 (affray) suspended for 18 months plus 14 days to run concurrently for count 4 (assault by beating), 150 hours of unpaid work, plus total of £4,500 to victims and £2,000 prosecution costs.