Scribe spends three days in custody


The hip-hop artist Scribe – real name Malo Ioane Luafutu – has ended up in custody for three days after being charged with breaching his bail while he awaits trial in Christchurch.

The police arrested him in Christchurch on Friday, and he appeared in court on Saturday morning when he was remanded in custody for a district court bail hearing today.

Judge Tony Couch granted bail again at today’s hearing, where police said Luafutu had been breaching his bail by not reporting as required.

The judge released him on bail to live at a specified address in Christchurch and to report weekly to the police. Automatic suppressions under the Bail Act prevent bail hearings being reported in detail.

Luafutu, 38, is charged that on April 2, 2017, at Christchurch he had an offensive weapon, a bat, in a public place – Olliviers Road, Phillipstown – possession of the class A drug amphetamine, possession of a pipe for using amphetamine, and three failures to answer his bail.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and his judge-alone trial is set for March 15, with Elizabeth Bulger as defence counsel.


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