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Pete Doherty Pleads Guilty

Posted Thursday July 24, 2008 7:09 PM GMT

British rocker Pete Doherty was ordered by the court on Thursday to pay damages to a photographer after he smashed her camera as she was trying to take a photograph of him before he returned to a clinic for drug treatment.

Catherine Mead, who works for the South West News Service agency, had her equipment broken when Doherty became angry and upset that she was following him and his family around the town of Crewkerne.

Magistrates in Yeovil, southwest England, said the 29-year-old Babyshambles lead singer should pay Miss Mead 918.27 pounds ($ 1,827.17) for breaking her lens on August 22nd of last year.

Doherty was arrested in London December 3rd of last year for the incident - telling the court that he wanted to enjoy a day out and about with his family before having to report back to rehab.

The Babyshambles frontman, who’s a recovering drug addict with numerous court appearances on drug possession charges, pleaded guilty to the criminal damage charge.

Passing sentence, magistrates accepted there was indeed a "degree of provocation" in the incident.

Outside court, the star said: "Yeah, it was okay today, it should have been sorted out ages ago to be honest. It's been hanging over me for a long time."

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Enjoy the pictures of Pete Doherty out at the Yeovil Magistrates Court in Somerset (July 24).