Phil Rudd gets home detention

  • 09/07/2015
(SNPA/Cameron Avery)
(SNPA/Cameron Avery)

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has lodged an appeal against a sentence of eight months' home detention after admitting threatening to kill and drugs charges.

The 61-year-old, who appeared in the Tauranga District Court today, was also ordered to refrain from using drugs and alcohol.

Rudd was due to stand trial in April, but changed his plea before the trial began.

This afternoon his lawyer Craig Tuck confirmed Rudd had lodged an appeal, calling it "manifestly excessive".

He had planned to make a brief statement outside court after the sentencing but said an aggressive, physical media scrum prevented that from happening.

Mr Tuck said he was elbowed in the head in the melee.

Rudd was arrested in November and charged over an incident in September in which, according to a police summary of facts, Rudd called a man he knew and threatened to kill both him and his daughter.

He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

The Crown said Rudd acted in an intimidating and egotistical manner when he didn't get outcome he wanted with his solo album. It argued giving Rudd a discharge without conviction would not be appropriate.

Rudd is no longer with his band and does not have a prospect of touring.

The drug charges were laid after police executed a search warrant at Rudd's home on November 6.

Police say Rudd had 0.71g of methamphetamine and 130g of cannabis in his possession.

Mr Tuck has previously said he would be applying for a discharge without conviction.

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

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