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AC/DC drummer arrested again days after kill threat sentence

Rachel Main

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd arrives for sentencing at the Tauranga District Court in Tauranga, New Zealand. Rudd has been arrested in New Zealand, just 10 days after he was sentenced to home detention for threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. The New Zealand Herald reported Sunday, July 20 that Rudd was arrested at his New Zealand home on Saturday, though police refused to comment on the nature of the arrest. (Alan Gibson/New Zealand Herald via AP, File) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd arrives for sentencing at the Tauranga District Court in Tauranga, New Zealand. Rudd has been arrested in New Zealand, just 10 days after he was sentenced to home detention for threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. The New Zealand Herald reported Sunday, July 20 that Rudd was arrested at his New Zealand home on Saturday, though police refused to comment on the nature of the arrest. (Alan Gibson/New Zealand Herald via AP, File) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was behind bars yesterday after being arrested in New Zealand, just days after he was sentenced to home detention for threatening to kill a man who used to work for him.

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The 61-year-old Australian-born drummer was arrested at his home on New Zealand’s North Island, though police refused to comment on the nature of the arrest.

Rudd’s lawyer, Craig Tuck, confirmed the musician was due to appear in court today for a bail application.

Mr Tuck said he had just spent an hour with Rudd at the local police station, where he was being held until his court appearance, but he declined to say why his client had been arrested.

Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home confinement on July 9 after pleading guilty to threatening to kill a former employee and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

In that case, Rudd acknowledged in a court summary of facts that he’d offered cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim “taken out”.

He also acknowledged that he’d directly said to the victim he was going to kill him. Prosecutors had originally charged Rudd with murder-for-hire, but later dropped that charge, citing lack of evidence.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Thomas Ingram warned Rudd that he would go to prison if he breached the terms of his home detention, which banned him from taking any non-prescription drugs and subjected him to 24/7 monitoring.

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