Murder plot charge dropped against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd

A New Zealand police charge of "attempting to procure murder" against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been dropped due to "insufficient evidence."

A New Zealand Police charge of “attempting to procure murder” against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been dropped.

Just one day after Rudd’s arrest for allegedly attempting to procure the murders of two unidentified men, the Crown Solicitor of Tauranga, New Zealand, where Rudd was arrested has made the decision to withdraw the charge due to “insufficient evidence.”

A press release from Hollister-Jones’ office, which advises the Tauranga government on legal affairs and would have been prosecuting the drummer, said that it had informed Rudd’s lawyers and New Zealand Police of the decision to withdraw the charge.

The 60-year-old AC/DC drummer is currently on bail and due back in court on November 27 to face the remaining charges of alleged threats to kill and alleged possession of cannabis and methamphetamine. The threatening to kill charge carries a maximum sentence of 7 years jail.

Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, has indicated that Rudd will defend the threatening to kill charge and has described the drugs possession charges as “minor”.

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