New Zealand rapper Scribe's drugs sentencing postponed as new charges come to light

Scribe appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.
Scribe appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday. Photo credit: Police

New Zealand rapper Scribe has avoided being sentenced on a methamphetamine charge as seven new charges come to light.

Scribe, whose real name is Malo Ioane Luafutu, appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday and was due to be sentenced on a charge of possessing methamphetamine.

However court was adjourned because of other charges he faces in Auckland.

He appeared in Waitakere District Court last week on four protection order breaches, wilful damage, assault on a woman and assault with intent to injure.

Further details of Tuesday's court appearance were suppressed.

His methamphetamine sentencing has been adjourned until September 25, and he has been remanded on bail where he will reappear in court on July 27 regarding the other charges. 

Scribe was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine in March, while charges of breach of bail, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of instruments were dismissed.

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 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.

He found fame in the early 2000s, his debut single 'Stand Up' winning Single of the Year at the 2004 New Zealand Music Awards. In its flipside, 'Not Many', the rapper coined the catchphrase "not many, if any".