Randy Blythe’s not guilty verdict delivered during his March trial for the manslaughter of fan, Daniel Nosek, has been upheld by the Czech High Court.
A three judge panel delivered the verdict at the original trial and the State Attorney then immediately filed an appeal. The High Court’s verdict yesterday is now final and no further legal proceedings against the Lamb of God vocalist can be pursued.
Blythe was originally accused of pushing Nosek off the stage and Nosek then succumbed to injuries he sustained in the fall and passed away a month later. The incident happened three years ago in Prague and Blythe was arrested and charged on returning for a tour in June 2012.
If found guilty, he faced a possible five year prison term from a maximum of ten years. The singer remained hopeful throughout the trial and was ready to face jail time if proceedings went against his defence. Before the March acquittal, he released a statement to the court:
“I would like to thank the family of Daniel Nosek for not attacking me in the press and for their kind words to me in this court. I am very sorry for your loss. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here. If, ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. If I am to remain free, I will do my best to ensure that conditions at this concert will not occur again with my bands so that the fans will remain safe. I have searched for an answer to this situation. The only one that I can find is that it was a tragic and horrible accident.”
Blythe was not in court yesterday as the band are currently on tour in the U.S.