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Last Updated: Monday, 8 September, 2003, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Libertines singer sent to prison
The Libertines' Carl Barat (left) and Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty (right) admitted burgling Carl Barat (left)
Libertines singer Pete Doherty has been jailed for six months for burgling a bandmate's home out of "spite" after being dumped from the band.

Doherty, 24, pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing at Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court in London.

He broke into a flat owned by fellow singer Carl Barat in July after being asked to leave the group because of his heroin and crack addiction.

His solicitor has said he would appeal so Doherty - who had a 200-a-day habit - could go into rehabilitation.

The band have had four top 40 singles including Don't Look Back Into The Sun.

Doherty and Mr Barat were the main singers, guitarists and songwriters in the band until the 25-year-old went absent several months ago.

The remaining members toured without him, including shows at the Glastonbury and Reading festivals, and the reason given for his absence was that he was "unwell".

Doherty broke into the flat in Harley Street, central London, while the rest of the band were on tour in Japan, Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court heard on Monday.

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Doherty kicked down the door and stole items including an antique guitar, laptop computer, video recorder, CD player, mouth organ and books.

"He was in a highly emotional and drug-befuddled state," said his lawyer, Richard Locke.

"There is a long acrimonious history between him and Mr Barat. As a result of his drug abuse, the band threw him out and said he could not come back until he sorted out his drug problem.

"He felt he had been victimised by the band and he went round to speak to Mr Barat, not to burgle his flat."

But when Mr Locke said the burglary was not to feed Doherty's drug habit, District Judge Mr Roger Davies said: "It was just spite, was it?"

"Yes, I'm afraid so," Mr Locke replied. "I can't see that that makes it better, but that's the position. He has clearly damaged his career and his relation with the band.

"The band wants him to cure his addiction."

Mr Davies told Doherty he would serve three months of his sentence and the remaining three months would be suspended on his good behaviour after his release.


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