Prosecutors seek eight-year prison sentence for reggae singer – DancehallMag
Prosecutors in the case against Jah Cure are pushing for an eight-year sentence against the reggae star, arguing his alleged actions in the Netherlands amounted to attempted premeditated murder.
“The court in Amsterdam will deliver its verdict on March 22,” said Franklin Wattimena, press officer for the Dutch public prosecutor’s office. DancehallMag.
“The prosecutor has asked the court to convict the 43-year-old reggae singer of attempted murder, and that the suspect be jailed for eight years with time credit,” an official statement from the Dutch country noted.
According to Het Parool, an Amsterdam daily, the Dutch court was unaware of Cure’s fame when he appeared before the judges this morning (March 8) to face charges ranging from attempted manslaughter , aggravated assault or attempted aggravated assault in connection with a stabbing last year.
“I got stuck with Bob Marley,” admitted the senior judge on Tuesday, at the start of the hearing.
“So you should google my name, it would surprise you,” Jah Cure replied from the dock.
the prison walls The singer, whose real name is Siccaturie Alcock, is accused of stabbing event promoter Nicardo ‘Papa’ Blake on October 1 in Dam Square in downtown Amsterdam, where he had been reserved for a performance. Cure had given a concert two days before at the Melkweg. However, he had not been paid his fee of 5,000 euros.
He was arrested following the incident and has been in custody since October 2.
In a previous interview with DancehallMagJan-Hein Kuijpers, a Dutch lawyer representing Jah Cure, had revealed he would be arguing a self-defence case.
However, during Tuesday morning’s hearing, the prosecution questioned the credibility of this claim, even though CCTV footage of the incident is inconclusive.
In his closing statement, the prosecutor argued that Jah Cure deliberately sought confrontation. This is illustrated by the (voice) messages that Cure sent to the victim and people he knew.
According to the statement, one of the messages to the victim read: “The last time you will live to diss man stuff.”
According to Het Parool, Jah Cure’s attorney, Tim Scheffer, said the singer never intended to stab the concert promoter.
“My client wanted to talk about it and just wanted his money,” he said.
The attorney said the threatening messages Jah Cure sent before the stabbing were “part of Jamaican reggae culture”.
The prosecutor also pointed out that Jah Cure told police that the victim pulled a knife from his right pocket.
“The victim is left-handed and the suspect did not know it,” refuted the prosecutor.
The prosecutor further described the extent of the victim’s injuries, revealing that he said the entertainer stabbed him in the stomach which caused a perforation of the stomach and massive blood loss. . They backed up their case with testimonies from witnesses at the scene of the alleged crime.
According to a witness, Cure said in Dam Square, just before the incident, “It’s the ni–er I have to kill,” then made a stabbing motion. The witness did not see a knife. But he saw the victim clutching his stomach.
Another witness also saw the suspect’s stabbing motion. He didn’t see a knife.
“The suspect picked up a knife before the meeting with the victim, not to protect himself from wearing an expensive watch,” pleaded the prosecutor, trying to establish premeditation.
They further reiterated that the singer “must know what he was doing and the victim could die.”
“These are serious crimes which not only have consequences for the personal integrity of the victim but which also seriously undermine the legal order. Because the victim is stabbed in broad daylight and in the bustling city center of Amsterdam. It evokes a feeling of insecurity among the general public,” the prosecutor said.
There is no jury system in the Netherlands. In cases like this, trials are conducted by a panel of three judges. The judges, the prosecutor and the defense attorney can ask the suspect a number of questions. Once the panel of judges is satisfied that they have enough information about the case, the presiding judge will ask the prosecutor to make their final statement.
At the final stage of the trial, the court may find the suspect guilty or not guilty (an “acquittal”), or may dismiss the case. If the suspect is found guilty, the court will impose a sentence. This can be a fine, imprisonment or an “alternative sentence” such as community service or a restitution order.
In 1998, Jah Cure was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping and robbing a woman at gunpoint. He served 8 years and during the final stage of his sentence the singer’s popularity skyrocketed following the release of his hit singles Longing For (2005) and Love Is (2005) – which he recently admitted ‘they had been recorded illegally – and True Reflection (Prison Walls) (2007).
His 2015 album, The treatmentearned him a Grammy nomination for best reggae album This year.
Last September, before his arrest, he announced that he was putting the finishing touches on a new album, titled Undeniable.