Following the reports that frontman Frankie Mclaughlin has been jailed, The Rumjacks have now announced the band is going on an indefinite break. Mclaughlin received a 16-month jail sentence last week, forcing the band to cancel their scheduled performance at the Manning Bar on Saturday night.
According to reports, the singer plead guilty to charges of assault of a former partner.
“In light of recent events concerning band member Frankie, we have decided to take an indefinite break.
As a result all upcoming gigs and recording plans have been cancelled.
We refute any suggestion that we condone domestic violence. It is an abhorrent crime and its perpetrators should be dealt with under the full extent of the law.
We thank all of our fans worldwide for their support over the years.
Johnny, Adam, Gabe, Anthony.”
The Rumjacks played Celtic punk music; they recently had one of their videos reach 1 million views on YouTube
Update 23/08/16: The reference to McLaughlin’s convictions in this article has been amended. A statement from the band’s management reads:
“Frankie McLaughlin was convicted in 2012 with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of common assault against a former partner. He served a 16-month custodial sentence.
Frankie McLaughlin has never been convicted of sexual assault or rape, as has been published by a number of people on social media and elsewhere. Steps have been taken to have these allegations retracted.”
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