Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd arrested again

Former ACDC drummer Phil Rudd appearing at his sentencing in the Tauranga District Court on July 9.

Former ACDC drummer Phil Rudd appearing at his sentencing in the Tauranga District Court on July 9.

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested again and is tonight behind bars.

Details on the rocker's latest alleged misdemeanour and the charges he is facing remain sketchy, but it is understood police arrested the 61-year-old at his home in Tauranga on Saturday night.

Rudd's lawyer Craig Tuck was saying little when contacted  Saturday night.

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"All I can say is he has been arrested and will be appearing on Monday at 10am in the Tauranga District Court. That's all I can say for now and that's all I am telling everyone who is calling," Tuck said.

Bay of Plenty Police district communications manager Kim Perks said:  "[Phil Rudd's] lawyer has previously indicated to police that media attention is not helpful. We are not making any comment until after tomorrow morning's court appearance."

The arrest comes just over a week after Rudd was sentenced to eight months' home detention, after he admitted charges of threatening to kill an employee, and for methamphetamine and cannabis found in his home in a police raid in 2014.

Rudd was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court on July 9 by Judge Thomas Ingram, who warned him he would go to prison if he breached the terms of his sentence.

"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."

Ingram ordered Rudd be monitored 24 hours a day during his home detention, to be served at his waterfront Tauranga mansion.

"There is simply no place to hide"

It was revealed in November last year that Rudd had been arrested and charged with drugs offences and attempting to procure a murder, a charge that was dropped 24 hours later.

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In April, when he pleaded guilty to possessing drugs and threatening to kill, the court heard he'd made a call to an associate asking him to "take out" a former security guard turned personal assistant, after becoming angry when his solo album launch in August last year flopped.

He fired a number of employees, including his victim.

On September 25 at 8.12pm Rudd phoned an associate in Australia saying he wanted the victim "taken out", and "taken care of because they were a bunch of f...en c....".

Rudd then offered the associate $200,000, one of his cars, a motorbike or a house, which the associate believed was payment for the request.

The next day at 8.27am, Rudd called the victim and asked if he was "on today", the victim said yes at which point Rudd said "I'm going to come over and kill you".

Rudd made two further calls to the same victim, who hung up after realising it was Rudd.

Police then obtained a warrant to search Rudd's Bureta home in Tauranga on November 6.

When police arrived Rudd was in the lounge and attempted to conceal a container of crumbs, which after testing was found to be 6g of cannabis.

Rudd then pulled out a bag of cannabis from the couch, the court was told.

ESR testing found the bag contained a further 20.2g of cannabis.

When police arrived at the home Rudd was wearing jeans and no shirt.

In his front jeans pocket police discovered a white powder, which turned out to be 0.273g of methamphetamine.

Police searched the home where they found 0.205g of methamphetamine in the master bedroom, 47.2g of cannabis in the hallway cupboard, and a further 17.9g of cannabis in the pool room bedroom.

A total of 0.478g of methamphetamine and 91g of cannabis was found.

Previously Rudd had said he had seen the error of his ways and wished he was touring with AC/DC again.

Rudd told an Australian TV station in May his former bandmates, including guitarist Angus Young, weren't talking to him.

"They haven't called me. I wrote them a letter and I tried to get in touch with Angus but I've had no contact from anybody," Rudd said. "I'm very disappointed, but that's life."

Rudd said he was "fit and ready to go" and wished he was touring with AC/DC.

"I've seen the error of my ways and it's onward and upward from here."

Angus Young said last year that Rudd was not himself and needed help.

Last year, Rudd was ordered to pay more than $72,000 after kicking a door in and sacking workers during a tantrum at his restaurant, Phil's Place.

AC/DC are due to play concerts in Wellington and Auckland in December, the last gigs of a world tour.

 - Stuff

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