Cult Swedish blackened death metal band Necrophobic has officially parted ways with vocalist Tobias Sidegård.
A Swedish appeals court last month reduced Sidegård’s prison sentence; he was accused of beating his wife multiple times between September 2011 and April 2013.
Sidegård was originally sentenced to 18 months in prison for “gross violation of a woman’s integrity,” and offense that was first introduced into the Penal Code in 1998 dealing with repeated punishable acts directed by men against women who have or have had a close relationship with the perpetrator.
On September 20, the Svea appeals court found Sidegård guilty of simple assault — a less serious offense — and reduced his prison sentence to six months.
The musician was also ordered to pay his wife 16,000 Swedish kronor (approximately $2,500) in damages plus interest.
Says a statement from the band: “Tobias is no longer a member of Necrophobic.
“The verdict following his trial regrettably left us, the band, with no other choice.” The band, the statement says, “do[es] not accept or tolerate domestic violence in any way. We will now search for a replacement.
“Tobias will make a statement of his own within the next couple of days, which he will publish on his Facebook page.”
Good move, guys.