PETE DOHERTY has had his prison sentence more than halved on appeal.
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.
At a hearing this morning at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court in London, the estranged Libertines’s sentence was reduced to two months from six.
Richard Locke, defending, told the appeal hearing 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
Doherty, who was not present at the 20-minute hearing, has already served three weeks behind bars and should only have to spend a further week inside once time off for good behaviour is taken into consideration.