NZ rapper Scribe guilty of possessing methamphetamine

New Zealand rapper Scribe has been found guilty of possessing a Class A drug but has been dismissed of five other charges.

Scribe, whose real name is Malo Ioane Luafutu, turned up for his judge-alone trial at Christchurch District Court on Thursday with his own camera crew.

Scribe was in court facing six drug, weapons and breach of bail charges.

He was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine and dismissed of three breach of bail charges, possession of an offensive weapon, namely a bat and possession of instruments.

He has been remanded on bail and will appear for sentencing in May.

The chart topping hip-hop artist was allegedly seen in April last year outside the former Linwood League Clubrooms in Phillipstown, Christchurch, swinging a softball bat and swearing while asking whose car was parked in the path of a driveway.

A resident in the area said he was behaving in an aggressive manner.

She said she was in her motorhome playing cards when she heard a man, believed to be Scribe, screaming "whose f**king car is this?".

The woman’s partner phoned police, who arrested the rapper and found methamphetamine on him.

Scribe avoided questions from the media as he left court but did have one message for his fans, “Yeah I want to thank all my supporters, thank you, love you, I’m coming back”. 

Scribe appeared in the Porirua District Court in August last year after being the subject of a police appeal after he failed to appear in Christchurch District Court on drug and weapon charges.