Rapper will join in anti-meth war

Rapper and hip-hop artist Scribe will join in the war against methamphetamine – even while he faces sentencing on a charge of possessing the class A drug.

The 39-year-old – real name Malo Ioane Luafutu – was put on supervision in the Christchurch District Court today after admitting breaching a protection order, and wilful damage of a Housing New Zealand property.

But he still faces sentencing on April 16 by another judge, after being found guilty of possession of methamphetamine at an earlier trial. He will apply for a discharge without conviction on that charge.

Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger told Judge Tom Gilbert today: “Mr Luafutu’s drug issues have been widely publicised. He himself thinks there is something for him to contribute in the war against methamphetamine.

“He has resolved to take part in a documentary which will do just that.”

The judge said: “It seems pretty clear that in the couple of years preceding these charges, things went badly for you because of drug use. A lot of people who do well in life come unstuck, particularly when they get involved in methamphetamine.”

After placing him on supervision for six months – during which he must do any courses or counselling as probation directs – and ordering the $689 reparation for the damage, Judge Gilbert said: “I hope that in the next wee while we can see you doing what you are really good at.”

Luafutu’s judge-alone trial concerned two incidents where breaches of protection orders were alleged.

Judge Gilbert dismissed the charges of breaching an order and assault with intent to injure relating to the first incident, and then Luafutu admitted breaches involving entering a property and physical violence relating to the second incident. Judge Gilbert said low level violence was involved.

He said Luafutu had been remanded in custody in August for more than two months, because his performance on bail had been appalling – “probably as a result of your ongoing involvement in drugs”. He had also spent time on electronically monitored bail.

Judge Gilbert said: “You look a lot better than when I put you in prison a few months ago.”

Luafutu replied from the dock: “I want to thank you for that.”

“Not many people thank me for putting them in prison,” said the judge. He said Luafutu had spent enough time in custody and on electronic bail.

“You now need to focus on looking forward, for you and your whanau,” he said.