AC/DC’s Phil Rudd sentenced to eight months home detention for murder threats and drugs possession

The drummer will return to custody if he breaches the conditions of his sentence

Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been sentenced to eight months home detention following recent charges of drugs possession and threats to kill.

In April, Rudd, 61, pleaded guilty to charges of making murder threats and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

The court heard that Rudd had fired a number of employees due to the poor sales of his solo album ‘Head Job’, with it alleged that he later told an associate that he wanted one of his former employees to be “taken out”. Rudd allegedly offered the associate NZ$200,000 (£100,000) to complete the task.


The sentencing took place at Tauranga District Court in the North Island of New Zealand on Thursday (July 9).

Judge Ingram insisted upon 24-hour monitoring and told the drummer that he would return to custody if he breached the conditions of his sentence.

“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,” Judge Ingram said.


Speaking to Australia’s A Current Affair recently about the murder threat incident, Rudd said: “I was pretty stressed at the time. I got back [to Australia] and the people who I had working for me for this [album] launch – it was a total fucking disaster. So I was really pissed off.” Rudd continued to express regret for his actions, adding, “I’ve seen the errors of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.”

The musician, who has been replaced by former drummer Chris Slade in the band’s current line-up, addressed his departure from the group. He revealed: “I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus [Young, guitarist]… I’ve had no contact with anybody. I’m very disappointed… But, you know, that’s life. I’m sure they’re having a great old time I’m sure they’re really enjoying playing. I’m sure it really sounds great.”

Rudd also seemed keen on rejoining the band in the future. He said: “There’ll be another tour and another and I’ll be on it. It’ll go until we all die. We’ll probably all have to be dead before it stops.”

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