Randy Blythe - Randy Blythe Returns To Former Prison13 February 2013
Rocker Randy Blythe has made a pilgrimage to the Czech Republic prison where he was incarcerated for a month last summer (12) to show fans the bleak conditions.
The Lamb of God frontman was jailed in Prague after he was accused of contributing to the death of 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek by pushing him offstage at a gig in the city in 2010.
Nosek suffered head injuries at the concert, fell into a coma and died two weeks later.
Blythe, who has denied any wrongdoing, was released from jail in August (12) and allowed to fly home to America, but he returned to Europe to fight claims he had caused Nosek's death earlier this month (Feb13).
The trial was ultimately delayed until March (04Mar13), but to make the most of his trip back to Prague, Blythe returned to his former holding facility and took pictures of the Pankrac Prison to share with fans while he awaits a verdict.
In a series of posts on his photo sharing Instagram account, he writes, "After my last day in court recently, my wife, a friend, and I took the subway over to Pankrac. I needed to see it, to take pictures, to look at what was my home for over a month.
"It was a strange feeling returning there... My trial is not over yet. I could return to a cell behind these walls. But I just wanted to see the place. The outside is nothing like the inside...
"Without much of a view, I had to look inside myself... Pankrac is a grim place, but I kept my spirits up in there... We finished walking and got on a subway back to the center of Prague. I was glad I came to look at the prison. I would love to have a camera in there - it's amazing inside, in a really messed up way.
"I do not know what the future holds for me. Maybe I will return to behind these walls, but I do know that I have to do the right thing as my conscience dictates. For me, that is going back to finish the trial, as I said I would."
Blythe used his latest post to pay tribute to the family of the dead fan, stating, "They have shown remarkable kindness by not attacking me in the press or anywhere else. It must be very difficult for them to look at my face, regardless of my guilt or innocence. They have behaved honorably, and so shall I.
"I will do my best to give them the answers they deserve. I ask people not to judge the family of this young man for wanting these answers. Their family has lost a son. Who would not want answers? I'm not so sure I would have displayed the class and reserve they have if the tables were turned."
The rocker, who is back in the U.S. until his next court date, faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted on involuntary manslaughter charges.