Scribe released on monitored bail

After two months in custody for breaches, hip-hop artist Scribe has been granted electronically monitored bail at a hearing in the Christchurch District Court.

Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger applied for his release, after the 39-year-old performer — real name Malo Ioane Luafutu – was arrested in late August after he allegedly attended a gig in Motueka that was not approved under his bail conditions.

He had been warned earlier after being arrested on the street, on his bicycle, in breach of his 24-hour-a-day curfew.

Judge Gary MacAskill today decided to grant Scribe electronically monitored bail pending his appearance on December 13 for a judge-alone trial on a breach of protection order charge.

All charges have been remanded to that date, including a charge of methamphetamine possession for which he will seek a discharge without conviction.