Christchurch’s mosque shootings have caused rapper and hip-hop artist Scribe – who is a Muslim – to leave the city and breach the supervision sentence he was already serving.
The 39-year-old performer, real name Malo Ioane Luafutu, admitted that breach charge when he was back in the city today for sentencing on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.
Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave tidied up the situation with a further intensive supervision sentence that will put Luafutu into rehabilitation for eight weeks.
He said: “There have been attempts to get you into a suitable residential programme to deal with the drug issues which have done their best to poison your life and your career in recent times.
“We will have one more go. Hopefully, we will get you into a suitable programme and you will complete it and stop making a nuisance of yourself.”
Luafutu was due for sentencing on a charge of possessing methamphetamine after his conviction by Judge Raoul Neave at a judge-alone trial a year ago. He was going to make an application at the hearing to be discharged without conviction but defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger told the court that application was being abandoned.
She said Community Probation’s records showed that Luafutu had not reported as part of his supervision sentence since March 12, which amounted to four missed appointments.
The breach was directly connected to the events of March 15 when 50 people were killed and 39 others wounded in shootings at two Christchurch mosques.
“Being of the Muslim faith, he decided he would leave Christchurch because of what had happened. He accepts that it was a decision that was entirely in his own hands and he was abrogating his responsibilities with what he did.
“But those events upset him so badly he felt he had no choice.”
Miss Bulger urged Judge Neave to cancel the present supervision sentence, which was imposed by another judge in December on charges of breaching a protection order and wilful damage of a Housing New Zealand property.
She suggested that a new sentence of supervision be imposed from today which would allow Luafutu to take up a place at a He Waka Tapu residential rehabilitation programme which was due to begin on April 30. The programme lasts eight weeks.
Judge Neave agreed and imposed a six-month sentence of intensive supervision with a special condition that Luafutu undertake assessment, counselling, treatment, and programmes – including any residential programme – as his probation officer directs.
The rapper has been repeatedly in trouble for breaching his bail conditions or failing to appear at court since his arrest in August 2017.
Another judge said last year that Luafutu had been remanded in custody for more than two months because his performance on bail had been “appalling”.
At his sentencing on other matters in December, Luafutu was put on supervision and the court was told he would join the war against methamphetamine by taking part in a documentary.