Lamb Of God frontman released from Prague prison

By | Published on Monday 6 August 2012

Lamb of God

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has finally been released on bail from a Prague prison after being arrested upon arrival in the Czech Republic in June.

As previously reported, Blythe was arrested and charged when the band arrived in Prague to play a gig in the city at the end of June. The charge relates to the death of a fan following a performance in the Czech capital two years ago. According to reports, the fan, named only as Daniel N, climbed onto the stage several times during the show, and on the third occasion was allegedly pushed off by Blythe, and fell onto his head, sustaining injuries that led to his death.

Blythe posted bail a few days after his arrest. However, the prosecution challenged his release, saying that he was likely to attempt to flee the country. A judge ruled that he would stay in jail for at least another ten days while this was assessed. Over a month later he has finally been allowed to leave the prison – though only after the amount of money he needed to pay was doubled.

A spokeswoman for Prague’s Municipal Court, Martina Lhotakova told reporters on Friday: “The decision was reached yesterday at the end of a closed session. The only condition of release was the approximately eight million Czech Koruna bail (which has already been paid)”.

Blythe’s lawyer Martin Radvan said that his client now planned to return to the US but would return to the Czech Republic to face trial. Speaking to Radio Prague, Radvan said: “That’s what he wants to do. As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear. There would be posters with his picture all around the world, and if he wants to continue performing, he will have to return [to the Czech Republic]. And he wants to return because he believes he is not guilty of anything he has been charged with”.