Home jail for AC/ DC drum­mer

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A NEW Zealand judge sen­tenced AC/ DC drum­mer Phil Rudd to eight months of home de­ten­tion yesterday af­ter the mu­si­cian pleaded guilty to threat­en­ing to kill a man who used to work for him, along with pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine and mar­i­juana.

The 61- year- old Aus­tralian­born drum­mer had faced up to seven years in prison on the threat­en­ing to kill charge, but his lawyer had ar­gued for the con­vic­tion to be set aside.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, Tau­ranga Dis­trict Court judge Thomas In­gram said Rudd had a lim­ited crim­i­nal history and posed a low risk of re­of­fend­ing. But Jus­tice In­gram said Rudd had been found with a sub­stan­tial amount of drugs. And the judge re­jected an ar­gu­ment from Rudd’s lawyer that the death threat boiled down to one an­gry phone call.

Rudd has been out on bail since plead­ing guilty to the charges in April, when he ac­knowl­edged in a court sum­mary of facts that he’d of­fered large amounts of cash, ve­hi­cles and a house to an as­so­ciate af­ter ask­ing him to have the vic­tim “taken out”.

He also ac­knowl­edged that he’d said to the vic­tim he was go­ing to kill him. Pros­e­cu­tors had charged Rudd with mur­der- for- hire but dropped it, cit­ing lack of ev­i­dence.

Rudd did not com­ment on the sen­tence as he left the court­house.

Phil Rudd.

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