The sentencing of Tauranga rock icon Phil Rudd has been adjourned until next month.
The former AC/DC drummer was due to be sentenced on June 26 after pleading guilty to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.
Phil Rudd in Tauranga District Court when he pleaded guilty earlier this year. Photo: File.
However, the 60-year-old’s sentencing will now take place on July 9.
According to the summary of facts, Rudd launched his solo album on August 29, 2014, but seemingly lost his temper in the aftermath of the launch, sackin employees who worked at his restaurant, Phil’s Place, at the Bridge Marina.
Rudd made a call to an associate in Australia and said he wanted the victim taken out. He called his associate again and offered $200,000, a motorbike, one of his cars or his house which the associate took as payment for taking out the victim.
On September 26, Rudd called the victim and threatened to kill him. He asked if the victim was in and when he replied yes, Rudd said: “I’m going to come and kill you you f*****g c**t”.
Rudd made several other phone calls to the victim, but when the victim realised who it was he terminated the call.
Police raided Rudd’s Bureta home on November 6 and found 0.487 grams of methamphetamine and 91 grams of cannabis.
Rudd initially denied possessing the drugs and making the phone calls.