Phil Rudd in court for breaching bail
By 3 News online staff
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has appeared in court for breaching his bail conditions, following an incident in Tauranga this morning.
In the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, Rudd's lawyer Craig Tuck acknowledged Rudd had breached his bail by having a contact with a police witness in a local shop.
Leo Rojas, the owner of Columbus Coffee on Cameron Road in Tauranga, said he witnessed the street altercation between Rudd and another unidentified man at about 10.20am this morning.
"I saw him following a taller, bigger guy and trying to punch the guy," he told NZ Newswire.
Mr Rojas said the other man was trying to get away from Rudd, telling him "look, I don't want to break your face".
He said the taller man eventually got sick of Rudd trying to attack him and pushed him away.
"He literally fell away like a fly," said the cafe owner.
A third man, believed to be the AC/DC drummer's bodyguard, tried to separate Rudd and the taller man by holding Rudd back.
"That's when Phil started punching and kicking his own bodyguard, which I found funny," said Mr Rojas.
While this was happening, the taller man got into his car and left.
The cafe owner said soon afterwards police arrived at the scene and began speaking to witnesses.
Customers left because of the fight and trade in nearby businesses slowed down because of it, said Mr Rojas.
Rudd later came into the cafe to collect personal items he had dropped during the fight, including his wallet, mobile phone and groceries.
"He came back to pick those up and he started yelling to the customers 'never get involved with the mafia'," said Mr Rojas.
"My customers were all very nervous, especially the old ladies and a few kids as well."
In court, Crown solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones sought to tighten Rudd's bail conditions to exclude any illegal drugs, so as to limit any "erratic behaviour".
Defence did not argue the variation and it was added to the rocker's conditions.
Upon leaving court, Rudd did not respond to media questions except for a brief exchange with a 3 News cameraman.
"TV3, you rock. See you soon," he said, before being driven away at speed in a black sports car.
A member of the public earlier alerted local news outlet Sunlive that Rudd was spoken to by police on Cameron Rd in Gate Pa, before being placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a police car.
Photos show Rudd being speaking with police and then being driven to Tauranga police station.
Witness Tim Carson said the incident was caused when Rudd started playing up outside Tauranga Girls' College this morning.
He told 3 News Rudd did not seem angry or agitated.
Police spokeswoman Kim Perks told 3 News police will not be commenting on the incident.
Rudd is already defending charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Rudd was remanded on bail until his next appearance in February.
source: newshub archive