The rapper's legal team say they need more time to prepare a report on the mental state of their client...

The sentencing of WU TANG CLAN‘s errant rapper OL’ DIRTY BASTARD has been postponed until July 17.

The rapper, real name Russell Jones, was due to face sentencing this week (June 13) before a court in the Queens district of New York after admitting admitted possession of 20 vials of crack cocaine during trial in April.

It was Jones’ own legal team who requested the adjournment, saying more time was needed to prepare a report on the mental state of Jones and on his criminal history.

In return for his guilty plea ODB was told by prosecutors would pursue only the minimum penalty for the crime at sentencing on June 13. The charge had carried a maximum sentence of seven years. Police found the crack when they stopped the rapper’s car on July 31, 1999. Charges of marijuana possession and driving without a licence have been dropped in return for the guilty plea. A related bail-jumping charge has also seen the rapper come out on top.

The bail-jumping charges stem from ODB‘s failure to appear in court after escaping from a Los Angeles rehab clinic last October. They would have meant a term of between 18 months to three years to run consecutively with any sentence he would have received had the case gone to trial.

However, in a deal struck between his lawyer and prosecutors in Los Angeles whatever sentence ODB would have got if found guilty of the probation violation will run concurrently with the time served in New York – effectively wiping the jail time for the charge.