Reggae artiste Jah Cure appeared before the Netherlands court today, March 8, 2022, for charges of attempted manslaughter, aggravated assault and attempted aggravated assault for the alleged stabbing of event promoter, Nicardo ‘Papa’ Blake on October 1, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
An official statement that was published regarding the artiste’s trial disclosed that prosecutors are asking the court to convict Siccaturie Alcock, otherwise known as Jah Cure, for a charge of attempted murder and for him to serve eight years in prison whilst also taking into consideration the time that has already been served.
This reveal comes as a shock to the public as Jah Cure’s Dutch Attorney-At-Law, Jan-Hein Kuijpers had previously stated that the artiste would be claiming self-defense for his case. However, prosecutors challenged the CCTV footage of the incident and have dismissed the claim.
Prosecutors further contended that the incident was not self-defense and Jah Cure was the aggressor. Further to this, messages that the artiste sent to Nicardo “Papa” Blake were presented, of which one read “The last time you will live to diss man thing”.
Jah Cure was arrested a day after the alleged attack and had told the police that Blake withdrew a knife from his right pocket, however, this claim was quickly shut down by prosecutors as they indicated that Blake was left-handed.
They also highlighted the severity of the stabbing and the injuries that the promoter received in his stomach from the “Prison Walls” singer.
Witnesses at the scene have also given their account of the incident that occurred on Dam Square, in which two recalled seeing the entertainer making a stabbing gesture, whereas, one witness stated that they also heard Jah Cure saying “This is the n*gga I have to kill”. The witnesses, however, did not see a knife.
In response to the claims from the witnesses, prosecutors attempted to establish that the crime was premeditated by stating that Jah Cure planned what he was going to do beforehand and brought a knife to the meeting with Blake. They further mentioned that the crime was committed in the day-time which may have elicited fear amongst fellow citizens.
Press Officer of the Netherlands Public Prosecution, Franklin Wattimena, advised that Jah Cure’s fate will be decided on March 22, 2022, when the Court of Amsterdam delivers its verdict.
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