Monday, August 3, 2015

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd denies breaching home detention conditions

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded not guilty to breaching conditions of his 8-month home detention sentence in New Zealand just 10 days after it began.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Rudd was remanded on bail until November 24 following an appearance in Tauranga District Court on Monday morning.

Rudd will now face a two-hour judge alone hearing, with Judge Robert Wolff setting the date despite protests from Rudd's lawyer, Craig Tuck, who sought case management.

However, prosecution Anna Pollett insisted that the case is a straightforward one.

"The defendant admitted the charge to the police on his arrest," Pollett said. "There's very strong evidence and the matter can proceed immediately to a judge alone hearing."

Rudd was arrested at his home in Tauranga on July 18 after being caught allegedly consuming and possessing alcohol while on home detention; media reports also indicate prostitutes were present at the time of his arrest.

At a July 20 hearing, a Judge ordered the drummer to undergo drug and alcohol testing by police as an additional condition of his bail.

In April, Rudd entered a guilty plea to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis stemming from a series of incidents in 2014.

At his July 9 sentencing, the Judge banned Rudd from alcohol and taking any drugs not prescribed to him.

The drummer is being monitored 24 hours a day during his home detention, which he is serving at his waterfront Tauranga mansion; Rudd has filed an appeal to the sentence.

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