UPDATE 4.12pm:

Phil Rudd's lawyer has revealed to the

Bay of Plenty Times

that he has lodged an appeal to this morning's sentencing.

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Craig Tuck said Rudd was at his Tauranga home this afternoon, starting his home detention sentence.

Rudd was sentenced this morning to eight months home detention and failed to escape conviction.


EARLIER: Rocker Phil Rudd has failed to escape conviction in court this morning,

Judge Thomas Ingram sentenced Rudd to eight months home detention.

"The reality, Mr Rudd, is this. I consider you badly need help with your drug problem and I consider the best way to deal with that is to give you the sentence I've given you here," Judge Ingram said.

I consider you have no future with the band until you have successfully dealt with your problems.

Phil Rudd fronts media before walking into Tauranga District Court. Photo/John Borren
Phil Rudd fronts media before walking into Tauranga District Court. Photo/John Borren

Rudd's home detention comes with the condition to not posses or consume drugs or alcohol. Rudd will be GPS monitored.

"You're not the first I've told and you won't be the last. You breach those conditions and you will be going to prison.

"They will be watching you 24 hours a day."

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The amount of reparation paid was significant but the exact amount has interim suppression.

Rudd was sentenced on the charges of threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and cannabis today, following a series of colourful court appearances.

He left the court house today, pushing through the swarm of media outside and telling them to "f*** off", to get to the waiting Bentley, driven by his son.

Rudd arrived at court this morning to a large group of local, national and international media:

The Tauranga-based drummer pleaded guilty to the charges in April.

Police dropped charges of attempting to procure a murder, which caused an international media storm which the 61-year-old's lawyer, Craig Tuck, claimed had generated more publicity around the band than the death of its former lead singer Bon Scott.

Sentencing for Phil Rudd in relation to drug charges and threatening to kill charges at the Tauranga District Court. Photo/John Borren
Sentencing for Phil Rudd in relation to drug charges and threatening to kill charges at the Tauranga District Court. Photo/John Borren

Mr Tuck has previously indicated he would be seeking a discharge without conviction, which he said was only right given the damage to Rudd's reputation and career.

Rudd has admitted to telling an associate he wanted a former employee "taken out" and asked them how the person could be "taken care of".

In another phone call to the associate, while he was still in Australia, he offered him $200,000, a motorbike, one of his cars or a house, according to court documents.

The matter stemmed back to August last year, when Rudd was angry the launch of his solo album, Head Job, did "not go well", leading him to sack a number of employees - including his would-be victim with whom he was "particularly angry".

The employee also received some angry phone calls from Rudd, who at one point told him he was "going to come over and kill you".

In May, Rudd told Australian media his current bail conditions would have allowed him to rejoin the band on its Rock or Bust tour, but the group had ignored his pleas.

The band has since confirmed Chris Slade will be in the drummer's seat when it plays in Auckland and Wellington in December.