Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe 100% cleared of manslaughter
When Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was cleared of manslaughter charges in March - charges relating to the death of teenager Daniel Nosek at a show Blythe played in Prague in 2010 – it was mentioned that there would likely be something of a customary appeal from the prosecution.
Blythe was arrested in June last year when he returned to the country, oblivious of the charges, because it was perceived that he was responsible for the death, which was ultimately caused by an injury sustained after being ejected from the stage and landing on his head. Randy was held for 38 days in a Czech prison before posting bail, leaving the country – and then returning earlier this year for the trial.
No song or dance has been made in the rather sombre aftermath of his acquittal – during which Blythe made good on a promise to Nosek’s family in calling for bands, venues and fans to be more safety conscious in future – but it seems that an appeal did take place after all.
The news has come today that the Czech appeals court has upheld the original verdict of “not guilty”, and so Randy is 100% cleared and free to enter and leave the Czech Republic as he wishes once again.
Blythe always strongly protested his innocence, and more than that, acted with the upmost dignity, integrity, and respect for the proceedings (as did Nosek’s family), and whilst the events are likely still very raw for all, Randy must be delighted.
With his freedom secured, Lamb Of God are free to keep their current live commitments, including their current North American tour with variously Terror, Decapitated and The Acacia Strain, their upcoming European tour, and summer festival appearances at Amnesia Rockfest, Getaway, Bloodstock, Summer Breeze and Pukkelpop.