Rapper Scribe, real name Malo Luafutu, has appeared in the Porirua District Court.
A public appeal was put out by police yesterday, after he failed to turn up to court in Christchurch in July. A warrant was issued for his arrest, he then turned himself in to police in Wellington yesterday afternoon.
He briefly visited the Porirua District Court earlier this afternoon, his face covered by a hood and glasses. The only comment he made was "not many" when asked how many court appearances he was allowed to miss. It's understood he was attempting to get his court date changed.
Luafutu arrived to court 10 minutes late for his appearance this afternoon.
His lawyer told the court he couldn't get to Christchurch for his original appearance, as he had no funds to get there.
"He's been stuck between a rock and a hard place."
His lawyer said his Aunt has offered to pay for an airfare and a friend has also offered to drive him down over the weekend.
Judge James Johnson didn't go easy on him.
"The court will not tolerate anymore of you failing to appear and failing to show up."
The former rapper is facing several charges including possessing an offensive weapon and a class A drug.
He has been remanded on bail and will reappear in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.