Jamaican reggae singer Jah Cure was convicted of attempted manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison in the Netherlands on Tuesday.
The Jamaican Observer reports that the musician, real name Siccaturie Alcock was found guilty by a Netherlands court of attempted manslaughter.
The Behind These Prison Walls singer is said to have stabbed an event promoter Nicardo ‘Papa’ Blake, 45, on October 1 at Dam Square, in the city centre of Amsterdam, where he was booked for a performance.
Jah Cure had performed at Blake’s concert, two days before, in the Melkweg. However, he had not been paid his performance fee of 5,000 euros. His lawyers tried to argue that the singer was acting on self-defence but a three-panel judge ruled otherwise.
“Both the 43-year old man and the prosecutor can appeal to the Court of Appeal within two weeks if they disagree with the court’s ruling,” Wattimena said.
He was arraigned in a Netherlands court last year and spent his 43rd birthday as well as Christmas and New Year’s Day behind bars.
Jah Cure to spend 6 years in jail for attempted manslaughter
This is not Cure’s first offence, in 1999 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping and robbing a woman at gunpoint. He was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and robbery with aggravation but was released early in 2007 after serving eight years.
Four years later, he went on trial on drug possession charges after police found a small quantity of marijuana in the artiste’s motor vehicle during a spot check in St Andrew.
Jah Cure’s first significant Single appeared in 1997. King in This Jungle was a duet with Sizzla produced by Beres Hammond, which laid the foundation for Cure’s musical career. Many more songs followed, and his popularity grew steadily. In 1998, Cure toured Europe and the Caribbean on Beres Hammond’s side.
Jah Cure is known for songs including Longing For, Call On Me, and Unconditional Love.