Doherty Jailed For 14 Weeks

Troubled singer/songwriter Pete Doherty has been jailed for 14 weeks after admitting to breaching a probation order designed to help him cure his drug problems.

The judge passed the sentence April 8 at West London Magistrates’ Court after hearing that the Babyshambles frontman missed two appointments with his probation officer and tests showed he’s still taking Class A drugs.

As he began his stay in Wormwood Scrubs prison it wasn’t clear how much of the jail term he’ll serve. He’ll be automatically released after serving half his time and could be out of prison in a month if granted an earlier release under the End of Custody License scheme.

Parlophone, the 29-year-old’s record company, released a statement saying Doherty’s April 26 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall will be rescheduled, although he’s expected to be free in plenty of time to play Glastonbury Festival June 27-29.

This isn’t the first time the former Libertine has been deprived of his liberty. In February 2006, Doherty spent several days in Pentonville prison after being charged with possessing drugs.

A year earlier he spent four nights in the same prison on charges of robbery and blackmail, which were later dropped.

In September 2003 he was given a six-month jail sentence after admitting to burglary in the home of his former Libertines bandmate, Carl Barat.

In October 2007 Judge Lachhar gave Doherty a four-month suspended sentence for driving offences and possessing crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis.

Doherty’s been in and out of court in recent months in connection with his drug use.