5 Dec 2014

Phil Rudd death threat charges detailed

10:57 am on 5 December 2014

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd had threatened to kill a man and his daughter before being arrested last month, a police summary of facts alleges.

Phil Rudd leaves the court after breaching his bail conditions by being in the same shop as a witness.

Phil Rudd leaving Tauranga District Court yesterday after a hearing over breaching bail conditions. Photo: RNZ / Natalie Mankelow

The 60-year-old musician is charged with threatening to kill and possession of cannabis and methamphetamine after a raid on his Tauranga waterfront home in November.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and will reappear in court in February.

Rudd appeared in court yesterday for breaching bail and had his release conditions tightened. The judge altered his conditions to include an order not to take illicit drugs.

The police summary of facts, released today, says on the morning of 26 September Rudd telephoned one of the complainants and threatened to kill him and his daughter.

A search was then carried out at Rudd's home where police suggest they found 130 grams of cannabis and 0.71 grams of methamphetamine.

In the summary, police say Rudd denied making the phone call but admitted possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Rudd was intially charged with attempting to procure a murder but that charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence.

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