AC/DC drummer sentenced to home detention over death threats

Phil Rudd, AC/DC drummer, sentenced to eight months house detention in New Zealand for possession of drugs threatening to kill former member of staff

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been sentenced in New Zealand to eight months of home detention after pleading guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The 61-year-old drummer was sentenced in Tauranga district court on New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday.

Judge Thomas Ingram warned him that he would be face jail if he breached the conditions of his house detention sentence.

He was accused of having offered large amounts of cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim “taken out.” He had faced a jail term of up to seven years for the threats.

Rudd also phoned the victim of the threat, saying "I'm going to come over and kill you."

When police went to question him over the threats they found a stash of marijuana and methamphetamine.

Rudd’s lawyer Craig Tuck requested a discharge for his client without a conviction, claiming a conviction would affect the rocker's future with AC/DC.

Rudd’s lawyer, Tuck, said that a conviction would leave Rudd unable to travel to Japan, Canada and the US with the band, resulting in the loss of tens of millions of dollars of income for the drummer.

Tuck also added that Rudd’s actions were the result of methamphetamine psychosis.

However Judge Ingram said "Some of the affidavit material put before me suggests that you are integral to the band's sound and you are an iconographical member of the band. That point doesn't persuade me completely. Queen have replaced Freddy Mercury and it's clear that the band is currently touring without you."

AC/DC will tour New Zealand in December but Rudd hasn’t been invited to play as part of the band’s world tour.

TRTWorld and agencies