AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd gets drug conviction overturned

Rudd had appealed against marijuana rap

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has had a recent drugs conviction overturned.

Last December Rudd was fined $190 (£90) plus $101 (£48) in court costs after being found guilty of marijuana possession – 25 grams of the drug were found on his houseboat in Tauranga, New Zealand.

However, Rudd has now successfully appealed the case, pointing out that his conviction would affect his ability to travel meaning disruption to future tours with AC/DC, reports Classic Rock magazine.

Pleading guilty to the charge in December, he asked for leniency from Magistrate Robyn Paterson. He was told that his arrest was “not just an accident. You were blindly ignoring the law. You have been playing Russian roulette.”

Rudd joined AC/DC in 1975 but was fired in 1983 after falling out with guitarist Malcolm Young. He rejoined in 1993.