Rapper Scribe admits bail breach before Motueka concert

Rapper Scribe admits bail breach before Motueka concert
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New Zealand rapper Scribe has agreed to spend two months in a drug rehabilitation centre after allegedly breaching bail conditions when he travelled to Motueka to perform at a concert.

Scribe, 39, whose real name is Malo Ioane Luafutu, admitted breaching his bail conditions in the Nelson District Court on Monday, Stuff reports.

He had travelled to the Tasman township to play a concert at Hotel Motueka on Saturday night.

The concert was advertised on Facebook, with tickets set at $10 early bird and $20 at the door. The rapper was allegedly arrested before the gig.

Duty lawyer Lucy Patchett said Scribe accepted his charge and would begin a drug rehabilitation programme at Odyssey House in Christchurch on Tuesday, Stuff reports.

Hotel Motueka entertainment manager Vincent Sibbald told Newshub the concert did not go ahead and there were some disappointed fans after ticket sales sold out online. 

"There was certainly a big crowd expected, some disappointment of course. It's something we will all put behind us and when the time's right we will certainly have him back."

Scribe denied six domestic related charges in the Christchurch District Court last month. 

He had been remanded on bail with a 24-hour curfew until a case review hearing where he is expected to face a judge-alone trial on September 27.

Outside court in July he told Newshub he did not like the media attention his case had garnered. 

Scribe found fame in the early 2000s. His debut single 'Stand Up' won Single of the Year at the 2004 New Zealand Music Awards.