Pete Doherty to spend 14 weeks behind bars


After approximately 1,283,374,934 arrests, trips to court, and overnight stints in jail, it appears the law may finally have caught up to Pete Doherty. Pete’s been ordered to serve 14 weeks in jail for a variety of offenses, most notably for violating his probation on a plethora of previous drug charges. This is pretty remarkable given that Doherty has somehow managed to evade pretty much every reasonable form of punishment and rehabilitation for years of drug offenses.

Troubled Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty was finally sent to jail today for breaking his probation order. He was taken from West London Magistrates’ Court and locked up for 14 weeks following a 30 minute hearing this afternoon. Doherty was jailed for ‘his breach of time keeping, non compliance of his order and using different drugs’, a spokesperson from the court confirmed.

Back in October, Judge Davinder Lachar cleared Doherty from the remainder of a drug control order but handed him his suspended jail sentence for drug and motoring offences. The 29-year-old was given a four-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years. On that occasion he handed an 18-month supervision order and a 12-month drug rehabilitation order. Lachar ordered he pay a £400 fine for an driving without insurance and a £75 fine for having no MOT certificate [similar to an emissions inspection in the US].

[From Metro]

Clearly getting clean is not a really big priority for Pete Doherty. And I wish I could say that 14 weeks in jail would probably change that, but let’s be realistic. Really, the only thing that will come of this is that the world will see you can only be arrested on various drug charges for six or seven years before you will spend several weeks in jail. So really, it will serve as quite the public deterrent. Actually what should serve as quite the public deterrent is any photo of Pete Doherty. That’s a hell of a lot scarier than jail time.

Here’s Pete and his sexiness at the Thames Magistrates Court in London on November 10, 2007. Images thanks to PR Photos.


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  1. Scott F. says:

    Considering how bad he looks in that photo, it might be an odd thing to notice, but is that bird shit on his pant leg? Come on Pete, even junkies should wash their clothes a little more often than that.

  2. lulu says:

    oh no! I love Pete!!!

  3. xiaoecho says:

    his hands are always so dirty, like, grey, the way derelicts hands get. Wonder if daily showering is compulsory in gaol?

  4. Sasha says:

    He’s a useless sack of meat and gristle riding on Daddy’s name.

    14 weeks should have plenty of time for Pete to get shanked to death in the shower. I tell you, some convicts just don’t try anymore.

  5. Bodhi says:

    I thought that he was clean. Didn’t he go to some intensive rehab awhile back? Is this sentance the result of a new violation or the culmination of a bunch of old ones?

  6. Elizabeth says:

    As much as I love Pete Doherty, I am really happy this is happening to him. Perhaps he’ll finally get his priorities straight. Cautiously optimistic is the term. He is a great musician, and I really hope he gets his shit together, and soon.

  7. Catlady says:

    14 weeks is not enough! What I find puzzling is why this man is even written about? He has no saving graces and I guess is the human version of the car wreck we slow down to look at as we drive by. He’s icky.

  8. geronimo says:

    Bodhi – not new offences – he broke the conditions of his bail (turning up late or not at all to probation meetings, taking drugs etc – all the usual Pete stuff.)

  9. Bodhi says:

    Oh ok. What a dumbass!

  10. Julia says:

    Should have happened way before this…

  11. Glitterati says:

    The reason they’ve been lenient is that his drug crimes are basically small scale: He’s mostly just destroying himself. He hasn’t shot anyone, he hasn’t been caught driving under the influence, he hasn’t been caught dealing. He’s just a user. Locking him up won’t stop him from doing drugs – there’s plenty of drugs in prison – it just means that the British government have to pay to keep him in a jail cell while he’s getting high. Why waste the money?

  12. Canadian Fan says:

    @ Sasha

    “He’s a useless sack of meat and gristle riding on Daddy’s name.”

    WTF are you talking about? Pete Doherty’s father was an officer in the British Army. How does his daddy have any pull in the music industry?

  13. Cindy Kennedy says:

    He always wears that same hat. He has a funny, round face. Sort of bloated looking.

  14. ellis says:

    he doesnt “always” wear that hat. while its true that this shot gives evidence of some weight or bloating on, your remarks on the appearance of the man in the photograph are strangely senseless.

  15. gg says:

    rotfl! Hilarious article JayB! Oh, god I needed a good laff.

    The funny thing about this is he used to look like such a waste case. It was infuriating to see the judge pat him on the head, over and over. But that was pre-Winehouse (P.W.)

  16. geronimo says:

    Spot on, glitterati, only this time, the offences are against the court so they have to be seen to do something.

  17. gg says:

    I agree somewhat with glitterati, but then there’s the issue of his ever so numerous court “visits” per year. Since that is what they amount to — stopping by to say hi to his judge buddy.

  18. geronimo says:

    I was wrong earlier, the (reduced) prison sentence is solely to do with breaches of his bail conditions, not to do with renewed drug-taking. Which makes a prison sentence all the more pointless and possibly potentially detrimental at this stage. Stupid idiot. Just as his career was getting back on track.