Scribe sentencing delayed

Sentencing has been delayed for the hip-hop and rap artist Scribe, real name Malo Ioane Luafutu, because the Christchurch District Court was told he had been charged with other offences in Auckland.

The 38-year-old had been due to seek a discharge without conviction today after he was found guilty in March at a judge-alone trial in Christchurch on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

The court was told he now had a further charge “of a domestic nature” which had been laid in Auckland last week, and Judge Raoul Neave decided that the sentencing date would need to be adjourned to September 25. He wanted to know what happened with the other prosecution in the meantime.

Luafutu remains on bail. Some aspects of the submissions today by defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger were suppressed.

Luafutu has appeared in Auckland on four protection order breaches, wilful damage, assault on a woman, and assault with intent to injure. He was remanded on bail to next appear in the Waitakakere District Court on July 27.

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