Thursday, December 4, 2014

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd’s criminal charges detailed

Details regarding the November 6 arrest and charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd in New Zealand have been made public by Crown prosecutors.

Rudd was originally booked for attempting to procure a murder after he allegedly tried to have two men killed, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

Authorities dropped the charge of attempting to procure a murder the next day due to lack of evidence.

Now, the New Zealand Herald reports court records show Rudd is alleged to have made a phone call to a former employee on September 26 where he is claimed to have "threatened to kill the [complainant] and his daughter."

Police said the "phone call is consistent with a phone call made by [Rudd] earlier that morning to a business associate in which [Rudd] spoke about what he wanted done to the [complainant]."

"The defendant was interviewed by the police and denied threatening to kill the first complainant or anybody and denied making any of the phone calls alleged," the Crown summary stated.

Officers searching his house on November 6 allegedly found 0.71g of methamphetamine and 130g of cannabis on site. Rudd admitted possession of a small amount of cannabis, the summary stated.

The Crown case against Rudd was released after applications from media to view the court file.

Earlier this week, Rudd’s lawyer entered not guilty pleas on the three charges and he will defend them in court next year.

On Thursday, Rudd was taken into custody and appeared before a judge after breaching bail conditions following an alleged altercation at a coffee shop involving the drummer and a former bodyguard.

Rudd's lawyer Craig Tuck said his client acknowledged the breach, which involved the AC/DC drummer running into a witness who happened to be in a shop at the same time.

Judge Geoghegan tightened Rudd's bail conditions to restrict him from taking illegal drugs and remanded the rocker until February 10.

Rudd and AC/DC released their new album, “Rock Or Bust”, this week.

See also:

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd breaches bail conditions
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd handcuffed by New Zealand police
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to defend charges in New Zealand
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