Back in April, ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a former employee and the employee’s 10-year-old daughter during a phone call in September 2014, in addition to possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. On Thursday morning, in Tauranga District Court on New Zealand’s North Island, a judge finally ruled that he will serve eight months of home detention. He had previously faced seven years in prison.
Initially, Rudd was also charged with attempting to procure a murder, but that charge was dropped before the case went to trial. When police raided Rudd’s house to make the arrest in November, they discovered 0.71 grams of methamphetamine and 130 grams of marijuana. Later, Rudd was taken into custody for violating his bail conditions after “a chance meeting” with a witness in the case that led to an altercation.
The remaining members of AC/DC disassociated themselves from Rudd following these events. They’ve since recruited Chris Slade to serve as their live drummer, who has accompanied the band on the road for their supporting tour behind their new album Rock or Bust.