Hip-hop artist Scribe – real name Malo Ioane Luafutu – has accepted he breached his bail with an unauthorised change of address, but police have not sought to have him held in custody.
The 37-year-old was on bail pending sentencing next week on a charge of possession of methamphetamine after he was found guilty at a trial in March. On May 23, defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger will seek a discharge without conviction for Luafutu.
He was picked up by Christchurch police today and accepted that he had breached the residence condition of his bail, and the breach has been “certified” – recorded on his history – at an appearance before Judge Raoul Neave.
However, the police said it was his first bail breach of this type and accepted the change to a new address. They agreed that he could be released on bail again. Duty lawyer Kiran Paima passed Judge Neave a note of the new bail address and said it was not being read out in open court.