Phil Rudd.
Phil Rudd.

AC/DC drummer sentenced to home detention for death threats

The AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been sentenced to eight months house detention for making threats to kill and for being in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.

Australian-born Rudd, who lives in New Zealand, faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison over the threat to kill charge.

The musician, 61, initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but changed his plea to guilty in April.

He acknowledged offering around £87,000, a motorbike and a house to an associate after asking for the victim to "to be taken out".

The court heard that Rudd had thrown a party at his restaurant to celebrate the launch of his solo album, but was angered with the standard of security and the way the event proceeded. He sacked a number of employees after, including the victim, and call an associate a month later telling him he wanted the victim "taken out" and "taken care of".

The next morning, he called his victim directly and said: "I'm going to come over and kill you".

The drugs were discovered in his property during a police raid on 6 November.

He was initially charged with murder-for-hire, but this was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Rudd refused to comment as he left the courthouse and climbed into a car but told journalists to "get a job", according to the Associated Press. His lawyer, Craig Tuck, had asked the court for a discharge without conviction and said an appeal had been filed.

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