LIBERTINE AT LIBERTY SOON?

Pete Doherty’s legal team launches appeal, and Carl Barat wants him back in the band...

Libertines could reform as soon as co-frontman PETE DOHERTY comes out of prison,NME.COM can reveal.

Sources close to the band say Doherty’s songwriting partner Carl Barat wants his old pal back in the band as soon as he is freed – and a appeal against his sentence could see Doherty out by November. Insiders have even begun talking about a Christmas single.

Doherty’s lawyer Richard Locke has also spoken of his hopes for the appeal and on what grounds he is going to contest Judge Roger Davies’ decision.

“We’ve launched an appeal,” he told NME.COM. “We just have to wait. The court hasn’t notified us of the date of the hearing yet. I’d say between two or four weeks with any luck, depending on how busy the court lists are.”

Locke added: “I’ve got good legal argument for an appeal, in that the sentence ought to be reduced certainly and possibly that (Pete) should have received a community penalty and not gone to prison at all.

“The best argument is that six months was an excessive sentence because he wasn’t given any credit for pleading guilty. He ought to have given a third off.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, Doherty pleaded guilty to burglary after breaking into Barat’s flat on July 25, while Libertines were touring in Japan. Horseferry Road Magistrates’ Court heard Doherty admit to stealing an antique guitar, video recorder, a laptop, mouth organ, and a CD player.

Whatever the outcome of the appeal, Doherty will only serve three months of the sentence behind bars. Locke said: “He’s automatically released after three months but he’ll be on licence which means if he gets into trouble or arrested he’s brought straight back to serve the remainder of his sentence.”