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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with attempting to hire hitman

November 6, 2014 5:11 pm

The drummer of Australian rock band AC/DC, Phil Rudd, has been bailed after being charged with trying to procure the murder of two people in New Zealand.

The 60-year-old was also charged with threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Rudd was arrested at his Tauranga home on Thursday morning and appeared in Tauranga District Court later that day.

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He did not speak in court and looked dishevelled, with his lawyer explaining this was due to him having been in police custody since early in the morning.

In court, a judge ordered that the names of his alleged victims and that of the alleged hitman be suppressed.

Under New Zealand law, attempting “to procure any person to murder any other person” is punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

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