Czech court frees US singer in fan death case on bail
PRAGUE, Aug 4 — The frontman of a US heavy metal band detained on suspicion of causing the death of a fan has being released from jail in the Czech Republic after posting bail, a court spokeswoman said yesterday.
Czech police detained Randy Blythe, 41, a member of the Lamb of God band, in Prague in June saying they suspected he had pushed a fan off the stage during the band’s gig in the country two years ago. The fan later died from head injuries.
But yesterday a court spokeswoman said Blythe had posted bail of 8 million crowns (RM1.2 million) and had been released. Spokeswoman Martina Lhotakova said Blythe was not subject to any travel restrictions.
Blythe is still being prosecuted for causing an injury leading to death. If found guilty, he would face a prison sentence.
Lamb of God will perform two dates at the upcoming annual heavy metal music US festival Knotfest — August 17 in Iowa and August 18 in Minneapolis — organisers said yesterday.
The festival organisers said in a statement they were “thrilled to announce that Randy Blythe... has been freed from the Czech Republic and is on a flight back to the United States”. — Reuters