Phil Rudd's court appearance delayed

PHIL RUDD: The former AC/DC drummer in the dock facing charges in the High Court in Tauranga in November last year.

PHIL RUDD: The former AC/DC drummer in the dock facing charges in the High Court in Tauranga in November last year.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's next court appearance has been adjourned because of a change in lawyers.

Rudd, 60, was due to appear in the Tauranga District Court next week after last year pleading not guilty to charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

Paul Mabey, QC, says he has withdrawn as Rudd's counsel.

Rudd's new lawyer is Craig Tuck, also of Tauranga.

Mabey said the decision to withdraw was an amicable one, but he would not be drawn on why.

"It's just a professional decision that we have made," he said. 

Tuck was last year contacted by the family of drug-accused Antony Glen de Malmanche to represent him.

De Malmanche, 52, had travelled to Hong Kong to meet his internet girlfriend, "Jessie", and then went to Bali, allegedly with 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine in his backpack.

Rudd will reappear in court in April.

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 - Waikato Times

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