Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has managed to avoid jail, but instead will have to serve eight months in home detention for drug charges and threatening to kill someone.
It doesn’t appear the band will be taking him back anytime soon.
The 60-year-old rocker remained stone-faced as Judge Thomas Ingram read out his sentence, after denying a discharge without conviction.
Rudd was joined by his family at Tauranga District Court on New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday, after he pleaded guilty to the charge in April.
Judge Ingram told Rudd he would end up behind bars if he breached any of the conditions of his sentence, which includes 24-hour monitoring at his waterfront home.
The judge warned Phil, “I stone cold guarantee that’s where you’ll end up. I’m not your headmaster, I’m not your father, I’m a judge”.
Rudd’s lawyers argued that Rudd would lose millions of dollars of income if he was convicted because he would not be allowed into certain countries with a conviction.
The Judge had a wonderful comeback, replying simply, “Queen replaced Freddie Mercury”.
He also told the same acquaintance he would give him $200,000, a motorcycle, a car or a house in a second phone call, court documents revealed.
Police say Rudd called the former employee and threatened to kill both him and his daughter.
The drug charges came after police executed a search warrant at Rudd’s home on November 6. The drummer had 0.71g of methamphetamine and 130g of marijuana in his possession.
In May, Rudd revealed he has been dropped last year by AC/DC after his arrest.
He told A Current Affair, “I wrote them a letter but I’ve had no contact from anybody.”
He said he hoped guitarist Angus Young would realize he had seen the error of his ways and would agree to take him back for the New Zealand and Australian leg of the tour which kicks off in Sydney in November.
“It’s up to Angus, not me…if Angus is cool,” Rudd said.
Angus released a statement in November last year saying, “Phil created his own situation. It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.”
The long-time hard rockers will then tour Wellington and Auckland in December.
The line-up for the upcoming tour includes Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Brian Johnson, with Chris Slade replacing Rudd.
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