Lamb Of God fans, you can sleep well tonight knowing your favourite frontman is now a free man – Randy Blythe has been found not guilty of manslaughter and is free to leave the Czech Republic. Blabbermouth reports Blythe has been acquitted by a 3-judge panel in the Czech Republic. The verdict has also been confirmed by the band themselves, who tweeted, “Randy is finally free…” an hour or so ago.
Blythe was arrested in June 2012 by Czech authorities for his role in an incident at one of the band’s concerts in the city in May 2010 and, as we reported yesterday, he was facing up to 10 years in a Czech prison if he was found guilty.
The prosecution had accused the singer, 42, of causing the death of 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek by pushing him off the stage at the 2010 concert. Nosek died a month after the concert, allegedly from injuries he sustained from the incident.
The matter of the sum of money demanded as damages by Nosek’s parents is yet to be determined, but should not prevent Blythe from leaving the country.
Prior to the trial commencing, Randy Blythe made the following statement to the court:
“I would like to thank the family of Daniel Nosek for not attacking me in the press and for their kind words to me in this court. I am very sorry for their loss. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here.
If, ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. If I am to remain free, I will do my best to insure that conditions at this concert will not occur again with my band and other bands so that the fans will remain safe.
I have searched for an answer to this situation. The only one I can find is that it was a tragic, horrible accident.”
Blythe has taken to his personal Instagram to thank fans in a heartfelt message. The message and photo in question are below.
“I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. This photo was taken by my friend @aceyslade- it says it all. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support- Randy”
Randy is finally free – bit.ly/Z6iLBK
— Lamb Of God (@Lambofgodband) March 5, 2013