Charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd of attempting to procure murder have been dropped. The musicians lawyer has said that the accusations should never have been made.
Rudd’s legal representative Paul Mabey made a statment saying: “I was advised by Crown solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones that he had reviewed the police file and the available evidence to support the charge of attempting to procure murder. He had formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge.
“It should never have been laid. The Crown solicitor’s opinion was not sought.”
Other charges relating to the possession of drugs and threatening to kill will remain. Rudd could still face a prison sentence of up to 7 years if convicted. Mabey describes the drugs charges as minor and says that Rudd will fight them when he returns to court later this month.
“The damage to Mr Rudd is incalculable,” Mabey continues. “Questions arise as to the degree of care taken by those responsible for arresting and charging him. My client suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified.”