Rudd (61) was due to defend the breach of his detention conditions relating to the possession or consumption of alcohol at a judge-alone hearing in November – but he pleaded guilty to the breach when he appeared in Tauranga District Court today.
On July 9 Rudd was sentenced to eight months’ home detention on charges of threatening to kill and possession of cannabis and methamphetamine.
Rudd was then warned any breach of his conditions could mean a prison sentence.
Phil Rudd, Monday
I was lying around at home this morning with Candy or Brandy or maybe it was Roxy – although it could have been Houston or Paris or maybe it was Papamoa – it’s so hard to keep track of their names – and said to whoever it was ‘I need to do something’.
She unbuttoned her blouse.
‘No – something else’ I said.
I stood at the window and looked at the harbour and at Mt Maunganui – pale in the thin winter light.
She said ‘You need to get out more’.
Candy or whoever was right. But how can I leave? I’m stuck here to serve out my eight-month home detention sentence for minor charges such as threatening to kill. It’s as bad as prison. ‘Make us a nice hot cup of tea – love’ I said.
I stood and brooded and waited for my nice hot cup of tea all day. Perhaps she forgot. That’s me – the forgotten man of rock. I was one of the world’s greatest drummers for over 20 years during my time with AC/DC – but they don’t return my calls.
Fine. I don’t want anything to do with those hypocrites. Highway to hell? They just sing it. I live it.
The phone rang. I snatched at it, and said ‘That you, Angus? When are we going back on the road?’
It was my lawyer – Craig Tuck.
AC/DC rocker Phil Rudd is behind bars again – little more than a week after being convicted and sentenced to eight months’ home detention.The 61-year-old drummer was arrested at his Tauranga home on Saturday night and is being held in custody.
He is set to appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow morning.
It is understood prostitutes were present at Rudd’s home at the time of his arrest.
The nature of the arrest is unclear and it is not known whether Rudd will face any fresh charges when he appears in court again.
Bay of Plenty police have refused to comment on the arrest with a spokesperson telling the Herald she could not discuss individual cases.
Also unclear is whether the arrest could jeopardise an appeal lodged by Rudd’s lawyer Craig Tuck against Rudd’s sentencing and conviction – or the sentence itself that Rudd received on July 9 after admitting to charges of threatening to kill an employee – and for methamphetamine and cannabis found in his home during a police raid last year.
(ed:..when he was sentenced i noted that the staying clean for all those months would be the hardest for rudd to handle from that sentence..to go from having what you want whenever you want it since forever – to a cleanskin – just relying on your own willpower..must be a leap too far..you’d think..?..
..and that he chose to go and live in tauranga..?..what on earth was he thinking..?)
An austere courtroom in provincial New Zealand seemed like the strangest place for discussing the fortunes of one of the world’s greatest rock bands and its erstwhile, drug-addled drummer.
But there it was in the Tauranga District Court on Thursday morning – the Crown suggesting AC/DC didn’t want Phil Rudd – the defence saying he was integral to the band’s sound and the Judge pointing out that hey – Queen replaced Freddie Mercury.
It was probably the most sensational sentencing Judge Thomas Ingram had presided over and he did a good job of pointing out the obvious: ‘The only ones who can truly understand a rock star lifestyle are those who’ve lived it. You’ve lived it, I haven’t’.The drummer had to make his way through a media scrum outside the court.At one point it looked as though Judge Ingram was going to send Rudd the on-again off-again drummer for the Aussie rockers since 1975 to the clink for threatening to kill his former body guard and possessing ‘substantial quantities’ of methamphetamine and cannabis.
But like an actor in a dramatic scene Ingram let the tension in his courtroom build – Rudd himself started twitching and looking around the room when a jail term seemed imminent – before deciding on a home detention sentence.
It came with a warning: Ingram ‘stone cold guaranteed’ Rudd would go straight to prison if he breached the terms of his sentence.