Babyshambles/Libertines principal Pete Doherty was sentenced to 12 months of community service today (Feb. 8) in London for possessing drugs. Doherty pleaded guilty to the offense on Jan. 27.

Babyshambles/Libertines principal Pete Doherty was sentenced to 12 months of community service today (Feb. 8) in London for possessing drugs. Doherty pleaded guilty to the offense on Jan. 27.

The judge, Ann McLaughlin, warned Doherty that if he broke the drug rehabilitation requirement of his community order he would be brought back before the court and might go to jail.

The maximum sentence for possession of "Class A" drugs such as heroin and cocaine is seven years in prison. She ordered that he submit to a drug test each month and told him to return to Thames Magistrates' Court on March 8 for a review of the order.

Prosecutor Bryony Derbyshire had told the court Doherty was stopped by police in London on Nov. 30, and heroin and cocaine were found in his car. He was stopped again four days later, when police found heroin, morphine, crack cocaine and marijuana in his car.

Doherty was again stopped by police in London on Jan. 26, when he was found to be carrying heroin. He pleaded guilty at three earlier hearings to seven counts of drug possession in relation to these incidents.

Doherty's lawyer, Sean Curran, had argued against a jail sentence. "He is only a harm to himself, and the real shame here would be if he did not receive the treatment he needs," Curran said.


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