Former AC/DC rocker Phil Rudd has been remanded on bail
after being caught allegedly consuming and possessing alcohol
while on home detention.
The 61-year-old drummer appeared in Tauranga District Court
this morning over a breach in conditions of an eight-month
home detention sentence handed down to him this month.
Appearing before Judge Louis Bidois, Rudd was also ordered to
undergo drug and alcohol testing by police as an additional
condition of his bail.
Rudd was seen to scowl and mutter swear words at the Crown
prosecutor when she confirmed the new order.
His lawyer, Craig Tuck, did not oppose the new condition.
Remanding Rudd to reappear on August 3, Judge Bidois told him
that any further offending could mean his home detention
sentence being changed.
When he first appeared in the dock, he was seen to put his
hand up, which led Judge Bidois to tell it would just "make
you look foolish" and lead him to "just get on TV for
Rudd was arrested at his Tauranga home on Saturday night and
spent yesterday in custody. It is understood prostitutes were
present at his home at the time of his arrest.
Earlier this month, Rudd was convicted and sentenced having
earlier pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill an
employee, and for methamphetamine and cannabis found in his
home during a police raid last year.
His sentencing conditions had confined him to 24-hour
monitoring at his home in Harbour Drive, Tauranga, and
prohibited him from taking any drugs not prescribed to him.
Mr Tuck has appealed against Rudd's sentence and conviction.
Bay of Plenty police have refused to comment on the latest
arrest, with a spokesperson telling the New Zealand
Herald she could not discuss individual cases.
Clad in a leather jacket bearing the name of his former band,
AC/DC, Rudd had just one thing to pass on to waiting media as
he left Tauranga District Court this morning - a raised
After refusing to comment on his allegedly breaching of home
detention conditions, by possessing and consuming alcohol, an
under-pressure Rudd appeared to lose his temper at an
assistant amid the media throng, demanding he give him the
keys to his waiting Jaguar F-Type.
The drummer then hugged a well-wisher and stepped into the
sports car, from which he briefly waved to journalists as he
drove back past the courthouse again.
The last time Rudd was in court, Judge Thomas Ingram warned
that he would go to prison if he breached the terms of his
"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 told him at the time.
The judge also remarked that home detention had been his sole
alternative to sending Rudd to jail.
At the sentencing, the court was told there was no direct
evidence to suggest that Rudd was actually still a
member of AC/DC, which is scheduled to perform in New Zealand
in December with Chris Slade as drummer.
Judge Ingram also challenged the idea that Rudd was an
integral part of the band, remarking: "Queen replaced Freddie
HIGHWAY TO HELL: The Phil Rudd saga
2007: Pleaded guilty to common assault after an
incident with his former wife aboard his luxury launch
Barchetta at Tauranga Marina.
2011: Pleaded guilty to possession of 25g of cannabis
found on Barchetta.
2014: Acquitted of deliberately lying about his prior
drug use to obtain a medical certificate to enable him to
renew his private pilot licence. The Court of Appeal last
month rejected an appeal by the Civil Aviation Authority.
November 2014: Charged with attempting to procure the
murder of two people following a police raid. The charges
were soon withdrawn by police, who also charged him with
threatening to kill an employee, and for methamphetamine and
cannabis found in his home during a police raid last year.
April 21, 2015: Unexpectedly changed plea of not
guilty to guilty. It emerged he told an associate he wanted a
former employee "taken out'' and offered him $200,000, a
motorbike, and the choice of one of his cars or a house.
July 9: Convicted and sentenced to eight months' home
detention and warned by Judge Thomas Ingram he would be sent
to jail if he re-offended. His lawyer Craig Tuck lodged an
appeal soon after.
July 18: Arrested at his Tauranga home for breaching
conditions of his home detention sentence by possessing and
July 20: Remanded on bail to re-appear on the new
charge on August 3.