AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been acquitted of
deliberately lying about his prior drug use to obtain a medical
certificate to enable him to renew his private pilot licence.
Judge Louis Bidois who delivered his reserve decision today
in Tauranga District Court after a defended hearing
yesterday, said he was very suspicious in terms of Rudd's
answers on the medical form.
"But suspicion is not enough and Mr Rudd will get the benefit
of doubt despite some shortcomings in his evidence," the
Rudd, 59, denied a charge that he deliberately made a
misleading statement in his medical certificate application
on June 13, 2012 when he answered no to the question about
having any history of drug use.
The Civil Aviation Authority alleged Rudd deliberately failed
to declare his self-confessed previous cannabis use in the
medical history section of the form.
Rudd was caught with 23 grams of cannabis on his launch and
another small quantity at his home during a police raid in
October 2010, but won a discharge without conviction for a
possession of cannabis charge on appeal.
Rudd, who earlier admitted a charge that between August 2012
and April 203 he failed to maintain an accurate record in a
pilot's log book, was fined $750 plus court costs and $150
Outside court a clearly relieved Rudd declined to comment.
- By Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times