AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, left, stands in the dock at a court in Tauranga, New Zealand, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Rudd pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening to kill a male who utilized to work for him. He likewise pleaded guilty to having methamphetamine and cannabis.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015|10:09 p.m.
SYDNEY– A New Zealand judge sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to 8 months of home detention on Thursday after the artist pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a male who made use of to work for him, together with ownership of methamphetamine and cannabis.
The 61-year-old Australian-born drummer had actually faced up to seven years in prison on the threatening to eliminate charge, however his attorney had argued for the conviction to be set aside.
Throughout the hearing, Tauranga District Court Judge Thomas Ingram stated Rudd had a restricted criminal history and positioned a low risk of reoffending, Radio New Zealand reported. However Ingram stated Rudd had actually been found with a substantial amount of drugs. And the judge rejected an argument from Rudd’s legal representative that the death danger come down to one angry telephone call.
Rudd has actually been out on bail considering that pleading guilty to the charges in April, when he acknowledged in a court summary of facts that he ‘d offered large quantities of cash, automobiles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim “taken out.” He also acknowledged that he ‘d directly stated to the victim he was going to kill him.
Prosecutors had likewise originally charged Rudd with murder-for-hire, however later dropped it, citing absence of proof.
Rudd did not discuss the sentence as he left the courthouse, just telling press reporters to “get a (expletive) task” and batting away a microphone as he got into a waiting automobile.
Rudd’s legal representative, Craig Tuck, later on said in an email that an appeal had actually been submitted.
According to the court summary, the conflict began in August when Rudd entertained at his marina dining establishment, Phil’s Place, to celebrate the launch of his solo cd, “Head Task.” However Rudd grew upset that security had not been tight enough, and felt the launch hadn’t gone well. He subsequently fired a number of staff members, consisting of the victim, whose name has been suppressed by the court.
About 4 weeks later, Rudd called a partner and told him he desired the victim “gotten,” according to the court summary. When asked to clarify, Rudd stated he wanted the victim “cared for.”
In another call, according to the court summary, Rudd offered the associate “$200,000, a motorcycle, among his cars or a home,” which the associate took to imply as payment “for carrying out his earlier request.” Two hundred thousand New Zealand dollars is equivalent to about US$ 133,000. The early morning after calling his partner, Rudd called the victim directly, saying “I’m going to come by and kill you.”
Authorities discovered cannabis and methamphetamine in numerous parts of Rudd’s house throughout a search of the house, the court summary said. They likewise discovered methamphetamine in his pocket.
Rudd’s legal representative had actually requested a discharge without conviction in the case. New Zealand law provides a judge the discretion not to get in a conviction even after an accused has pleaded guilty. Judges can do this if they believe the effects of a conviction surpass the seriousness of the crime, a step which can allow a defendant to keep a clean record.
It’s uncertain whether Rudd has a future with the Australian rock band he’s been part of on-and-off for practically 4 years. The band is presently using Welsh drummer Chris Slade for its “Rock or Bust” album trip, however hasn’t said if that’s a long-term plan.