Doherty out of jail

Rock star Pete Doherty is walking free from Wormwood Scrubs prison in England today.

Rock star Pete Doherty is walking free from Wormwood Scrubs prison in England today.

The singer, who has fought a long and public battle with drug addiction, served just 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching his probation.

His release comes despite allegations that Doherty smoked heroin behind bars even though he was taking the heroin substitute methadone.

The Babyshambles singer was jailed last month by District Judge Davinder Lachhar at West London Magistrates' Court.

The decision came after Doherty was handed a four-month suspended jail sentence in October for possessing crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis.

The judge said the singer was often late or missed probation appointments altogether and had used different drugs.

Doherty has been serving his sentence in segregation after claims that other prisoners plotted to attack him.

Mobile phone photographs of Doherty sitting in his cell and talking to other inmates on a landing were published in The Sun newspaper.

The newspaper claimed that despite being given the heroin substitute methadone, Doherty was also taking the real thing. In September 2003, Doherty was given a six-month jail sentence after admitting burgling the home of his former Libertines bandmate Carl Barat.

His release means Doherty is free to play on the Park Stage at the Glastonbury Festival late next month.

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