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.