Jailed LIBERTINES rocker PETE DOHERTY's prison sentence has been slashed on
appeal - and he could be a free man within days.
Doherty - who has admitted to a heroin and crack cocaine addiction - is
currently incarcerated at London's WANDSWORTH PRISON after being sentenced on
burglary charges, but today (29SEP03) he had his original six month term
reduced to just
The frontman was jailed earlier this month (SEP03) after he admitted
breaking into fellow Libertine CARL BARAT's flat and stealing an antique
guitar, video recorder, a laptop, mouth organ and a CD player.
Doherty's lawyer RICHARD LOCKE told the appeal hearing at MIDDLESEX
GUILDHALL CROWN COURT, England, the burglary was an impulsive and unplanned act
motivated by "feelings of anger and betrayal by his closest friend".
He told the court, "He is a 24 year old who had suddenly come into a bit
of fame and a bit of money and clearly has a drug habit.
"Having visited my client in prison he has impressed on me that the prison
sentence has done him the world of good. The complaint he has is that there was
no credit for a guilty plea."
Reducing the sentence, JUDGE DEREK INMAN said, "We feel that a custodial
sentence was justified in this case but sufficient credit was not given for his
timely plea of guilty which it should have been.
"We have reduced his sentence to two months which will allow for his
almost immediate release."
Doherty has already served three weeks in prison and may only have to
endure one more week inside, once time off for good behaviour is taken into