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Tulisa's cocaine trial date on day after her birthday

SINGER Tulisa Contostavlos will stand trial on a drugs charge the day after her 26th birthday, she has been told.

She made her first appearance at London's Southwark Crown Court accused of brokering a cocaine deal and was told that her trial is expected to take place on July 14.

The N-Dubz star is charged with helping an undercover reporter obtain 13.9g (0.5oz) of the Class-A drug for £860 (€1,040).

She appeared alongside rapper Mike GLC, also known as Michael Coombs (35), for the hearing.

The pair spoke only to confirm their names and say that they understood the current timetable.

There will also be a case management hearing on March 27.

SHEIKH

Former X Factor judge Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being "concerned with the supply of 13.9g of cocaine" to an undercover tabloid reporter Mazher Mahmood, known as the "fake sheikh", between May 20 and May 24.

Coombs, of Velocity Way, Enfield, north London, denies a charge of supplying the drug on May 23.

Contostavlos allegedly set up the transaction after telling Mr Mahmood she could help provide him with "white sweets", which is claimed to have been code for cocaine.

She is accused of playing a "significant role" of putting Mr Mahmood in touch with Coombs before the pair met in central London.

The Sun on Sunday recorded the meeting in which Coombs is said to have handed over half-an-ounce of cocaine.

Judge Alistair McCreath renewed the defendants' unconditional bail.

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