Me­mo­rial gath­er­ing

AC/DC drum­mer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to mur­der threats


AC/ DC drum­mer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tues­day to a charge of threat­en­ing to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing metham­phetamine and mar­i­juana.

Rudd faces up to seven years in pri­son on the threat­en­ing to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the pros­e­cu­tion case boils down to an an­gry phone call, and he is seek­ing a rem­edy that would in­volve no legal con­se­quences for Rudd.

Rudd ac­knowl­edged in a court sum­mary of facts that he’d of­fered large amounts of cash, ve­hi­cles and a house to an as­soci- ate af­ter ask­ing him to have the vic­tim “taken out” and that he’d also di­rectly said to the vic­tim he was go­ing to kill him.

The 60-year-old drum­mer was re­leased on bail pending a June sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

Rudd ar­rived at the Tau­ranga court house in a sports car wear­ing sun­glasses and a red tie, and didn’t say any­thing dur­ing his brief ap­pear­ance other than to en­ter his guilty pleas.

It’s un­clear whether Rudd has a fu­ture with the Aus­tralian rock band he’s been part of on-and­off for al­most four decades. The band in­tends to use Welsh drum­mer Chris Slade for its up­com­ing “Rock or Bust” al­bum tour but hasn’t said if that’s a long-term ar­range­ment.


Stu­dents and teach­ers gather for a mid­morn­ing si­lent cer­e­mony in­side a school in Barcelona, Tues­day, April 21. Schools across the north­east­ern re­gion of Cat­alo­nia have held five min­utes of si­lence in mem­ory of a teacher killed in a school attack by a 13-year-old boy armed with a cross­bow and a ma­chete.

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