Jah Cure

Jah Cure will continue serving his six-year prison sentence for attempted manslaughter, a court in the Netherlands ruled on Tuesday.

The reggae singer appeared in court on Tuesday for a pro forma hearing. He is scheduled to return on January 24.

"Today there was a pro forma. There's no news at this point. The suspect stays in detention and there is another pro forma hearing planned for January 24, 2023," Tuscha Essed, press officer at the Public Prosecution Office to the Court of Appeals in the Netherlands, told the Jamaica Observer.

In the Netherlands, a pro forma hearing occurs every 90 days during which a judge decides whether or not a jailed person should remain in detention.

In March 2022, Jah Cure (given name Siccature Alcock) was sentenced to six years for stabbing a show promoter over unpaid monies. The artiste, who was acquitted of attempted murder, has been incarcerated since October 2021.

According to police reports, Jah Cure, 43, stabbed show promoter Nicardo "Papa" Blake in his abdomen at Dam Square in Amsterdam in October last year. Blake, the principal of Roots Vibes, which stages reggae shows in the Netherlands, was reportedly hospitalised.

Following the singer's sentencing, Dutch prosecutors appealed the attempted murder charge.

Throughout the years, Jah Cure had several brushes with the law. He was convicted of rape and illegal possession of a firearm in April 1999 and served eight of a 15-year sentence in prison. He was released in July 2007.

Incidentally, his first concert after being released from prison took place in the Netherlands at the Reggae Sundance Festival in August 2007.

Jah Cure is known for the hit songs Longing For, Love Is, and True Reflection (Prison Walls). His 2015 album, The Cure, which included the songs That Girl, Rasta, and Life We Live, earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae Album that year.

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com

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