Blythe comments on acquittal in fan death case

By | Published on Wednesday 6 March 2013

Randy Blythe

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was yesterday acquitted of charges that he caused the death of a fan at a gig in 2010 by pushing said fan when he tried to invade the stage.

As previously reported, Blythe was accused of pushing teenager Daniel Nosek off the stage at a Lamb Of God show in Prague in 2010, causing Nosek to sustain head injuries that subsequently led to his death. The metaller was arrested over the charges when he returned to the Czech Republic last year. A trial began in the Czech capital last month but was postponed after a key witness fell ill, before resuming on Monday.

Blythe proclaimed his innocence from the start, though also expressed deep regret over Nosek’s death, and insisted he would comply with the Czech justice system to prove his innocence, even if that meant risking a five year prison sentence.

Speaking towards the end of the trial, Blythe reportedly told the court: “I know I did not hurt or want to hurt anybody that night. I can understand the pain that the family of Daniel is experiencing. 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”.

But the Czech court ruled that Blythe could not be help responsible for Nosek’s death, in theory vindicating the musician, though the prosecution intends to appeal the ruling.

Writing on Instagram after his acquittal, Blythe added: “I have been found not guilty and acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support – Randy”.