Arrest warrant is issued for rapper in Bressie band show
A judge has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of one of the teen stars of RTE hit show, Bressie's Teenage Kicks.
Judge Patrick Durcan made the decision after Limerick rapper, Calvin McNamara of Delmege Park, Moyross failed to show up At Ennis District Court yesterday.
Last December, the teen pleaded guilty to stealing a Sat Nav and other items from two cars in Ennis in 2013.
At the time, Judge Durcan issued an ultimatum to Mr McNamara that he faced jail if he didn't have the compensation for his thefts in court by yesterday.
The 18-year-old first shot to prominence last year when former CEO of Limerick City of Culture, Patricia Ryan, objected to lyrics McNamara and Nathan Keane - as members of the Moyross Youth rap crew - wrote in a song celebrating Limerick referring to "the city's looking rough".
Last year, McNamara along with four other hopefuls beat 90 other youths to be part of rap/r'n'b group, Urban Dreamers under Bressie's mentorship.
The last show of Bressie's Teenage Kicks aired in December on RTE with Urban Dreamers' first EP subsequently released.
At the December hearing defence solicitor Ms Tara Godfrey described her client as "a remarkable young man". Judge Durcan adjourned the case to yesterday for the preparation of a Probation Report and for the compensation.
Judge Durcan said yesterday that a detailed and excellent probation report has been filed.
However, the judge added that Mr McNamara was "making a joke of this court" by not showing up.
Ms Godfrey said that Mr McNamara told her that a cousin of his was recently subjected to a severe assault that nearly proved fatal.
Ms Godfrey said that as a result, Mr McNamara and his family are afraid to leave their home.
Judge Durcan said that if he acceded to the request not to issue the warrant "it is letting the whole system fall down".