UK singer Pete Doherty in court on drugs charge

Wed Feb 2, 2011 8:16am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Pete Doherty appeared in a London court on Wednesday to face a charge of possessing cocaine, which he denies.

The 31-year-old Babyshambles frontman was arrested after police investigated the suspected overdose death of heiress Robin Whitehead, who spent the last 10 days of her life making a documentary about Doherty.

The 27-year-old's film, "The Road To Albion," focused on Doherty's former band, The Libertines.

Doherty said he was "shocked and saddened" following her death in January last year, according to the Press Association.

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, where he appeared in the dock with two friends for a brief committal hearing.

Alan Wass, 29, was also charged with cocaine possession and Peter Wolfe, 42, was accused of two counts of possession of cocaine and one count of supplying cocaine to Whitehead.

They also denied the charges.

Whitehead, also known as Robyn, was the granddaughter of the late Teddy Goldsmith, founder of The Ecologist magazine, and daughter of 1960s film-maker Peter Whitehead.

District Judge Jacqueline Comyns committed the case to Snaresbrook Crown Court on March 29.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Musician Pete Doherty listens to the media during the Positivus music festival in Salacgriva, about 100 km (62 miles) from Riga July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins</p>