Jah Cure, the Jamaican reggae star convicted of attempted manslaughter in the Netherlands, will serve his six-year sentence, according to a judge’s decision on Tuesday. According to the Jamaica Observer, the decision came after the musician, born Siccaturie Alcock, appeared in court for a pro forma hearing. He is scheduled to return on January 24, 2023.
Inmates must appear for a pro forma hearing while waiting for the court to set a date for their trial, according to Dutch law. Every 90 days, a judge must decide whether or not an inmate should be incarcerated.
In March, a court in the European country sentenced the 43-year-old to prison for attempted manslaughter. However, he was not found guilty of attempted murder. A conviction for the latter would have resulted in a harsher sentence.
Last year, Jah Cure was arrested in the Netherlands for allegedly stabbing a promoter in the abdomen during a fight. Prior to the incident, the musician was on a European tour, and the alleged attack is said to have been motivated by a disagreement over unpaid money.
Following his acquittal for attempted murder, prosecutors in the European country filed an appeal against the court’s decision. A new trial date has yet to be set. According to the Jamaica Observer, if the appeal is successful, Jah Cure could spend a long time in prison.
This isn’t the first time the singer of Longing For has run into trouble with the law. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1999 for rape, robbery, and possession of a firearm. He was released in 2007 after serving eight years of his sentence.