Saturday 24 June 2017

Doherty in court on drugs charge

Pete Doherty denies a possession charge
Pete Doherty denies a possession charge

Pete Doherty has appeared in court to face a drugs charge.

The Babyshambles frontman was arrested after police investigated the suspected overdose death of heiress Robin Whitehead.

The 27-year-old filmmaker spent the last 10 days of her life creating a documentary about Doherty.

Her film, The Road To Albion, focused on Pete's former band, The Libertines.

Doherty, 31, said he was "shocked and saddened" following Miss Whitehead's death on January 24 last year.

Doherty denies one count of possession of cocaine.

Wearing a black coat, waistcoat and trousers and a white shirt, Doherty faced a crowd of photographers as he arrived at Thames Magistrates' Court in east London. He appeared in the dock alongside two friends for a brief committal hearing.

Alan Wass, 29, of Bramley Road, west London, was also charged with cocaine possession. Peter Wolfe, 42, of Heath Road, Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone, Kent, is accused of two counts of possession of cocaine and one count of supplying cocaine to Miss Whitehead. They deny the charges.

District Judge Jacqueline Comyns committed the case to Snaresbrook Crown Court on March 29. She said she had decided the case should be committed at an earlier hearing on January 14 but adjourned it to today because the three defendants did not attend court for the previous hearing.

Following the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes, Doherty posed with fans as he left the building. All three men were granted bail.

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