In the Netherlands, reggae artiste Jah Cure was sentenced to six years in jail for attempted manslaughter. The 43-year-old, whose given name is Siccature Alcock, was sentenced to six years in prison — with credit for time served – after the court rejected his plea of self-defense. On October 1, the Behind These Prison Walls singer attacked event organizer Nicardo ‘Papa’ Blake, 45, in Dam Square in Amsterdam’s city center, where he was scheduled to perform. Two days prior, Jah Cure had performed at Blake’s event on the Melkweg. He alleged, however, that he had not been paid his 5,000 euro performance fee.
The prosecution had requested that the Jamaican singer be sentenced to at least eight years in prison for attempted murder and assault, with credit for time served. Jah Cure’s lawyer, Tim Scheffer, maintained that the singer was acting in self-defense and that stabbing the event promoter was never the singer’s objective in the first place. According to Het Parool, Scheffer also informed the court that Jah Cure’s threatening communications previous to the stabbing were “part of the Jamaican reggae culture.” The decision was reached after a Dutch court heard witness accounts, saw CCTV footage, and reviewed Jah Cure’s voice note messages to the victim.
If Jah Cure’s lawyers disagree with the court’s decision, they must file an appeal with the Court of Appeal within two weeks. Jah Cure will be in prison for the second time. For raping and robbing a woman at gunpoint, he was sentenced to 13 years in jail in 1998. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, and during that time, his reputation soared thanks to the success of his hit singles Longing For and Love Is, released in 2005, and True Reflection (Prison Walls), released in 2007. He stated in September, just before his arrest, that he was finishing up a new album called Undeniable.
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