Live updates

Metal singer Randy Blythe speaks out after acquittal

The frontman of US heavy metal band Lamb of God, Randy Blythe, who was acquitted of causing the death of a fan at a Czech court last week, has issued his first statement since the court's decision - and says he is leaving Prague.

Randy Blythe on stage in Leicestershire in 2010. Credit: Empics

In the statement, issued on Blythe's Instagram account, he says: "I am leaving Prague now - I hope not return for a long while. This has nothing to do with this city, the people who live here of the Czech Republic itself at all...For me it is a place of great sadness.

"While I am relieved that my innocence has been proven and apparently I will not be going to prison, I am no way shape or form, a happy man now."

Randy Blythe during his trial in Prague. Credit: Reuters

The statement goes on: "A young man is still dead and his family still suffers. Please remember that fact. This family did no wrong and have shown me great kindness - with silence, with actions and finally with words. They spoke on my behalf at court and we had a private talk afterwards."

He ends the statement with : "Now I will go home & try to see what good I can make come out the destruction that occurred here- it is the only correct thing to do."

The prosecution had accused Blythe, 42, of causing the death of a fan Daniel Nosek by pushing him off the stage at a 2010 concert, causing him to hit his head on the floor. He was taken to hospital but died several weeks later.

Randy Blythe case to be reviewed by Czech High Court

Randy Blythe during his trial in Prague today. Credit: Reuters

Presiding judge Tomas Kubec ruled that Randy Blythe's actions did not constitute the crime of causing an injury leading to death.

"We did not find criminal responsibility in the actions of the defendant," he said. "We found moral responsibility. There has been the death of a young man who had not been guilty of anything."

Kubec said the concert promoters were ultimately to blame for failing to prevent fans from clambering onto the stage.

"We reached the conclusion that there was a serious fault on the side of the promoter and organiser of the concert."

Prosecutors immediately appealed against the acquittal, meaning that the case will be reviewed by the Czech High Court.

Advertisement

Acquitted metal singer: 'I am a free man'

Randy Blythe posted this picture on Instagram today.A Credit: Instagram / drandallblythe

Randy Blythe, singer of US metal band Lamb of God, was today acquitted of charges of causing the death of a fan.

He posted the above photograph shortly after the verdict of the court in Prague, along with the following message:

"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."

Prague court acquits metal singer of causing fan death

Randy Blythe attends his trial at the Municipal Court in Prague today. Credit: Reuters

A Czech court has acquitted the frontman of US heavy metal band Lamb of God, Randy Blythe, of charges he caused the death of a fan at a concert in Prague three years ago.

The prosecution had accused Blythe, 42, of causing the death of the 19-year old fan by pushing him off the stage at a 2010 concert.

Randy Blythe on stage in Leicestershire in 2010. Credit: Empics

Advertisement

Today's top stories