Babyshambles Singer Doherty denies drug charge

Pete Doherty outside court
Image caption Pete Doherty posed for photographs outside court

Singer Pete Doherty has appeared in court to deny possessing cocaine.

The Babyshambles star was charged after an inquiry into the death of filmmaker Robin Whitehead, 27, who was found dead in a flat in Hackney in January 2010.

He posed with fans outside the court and pleaded not guilty at the preliminary hearing at Thames Magistrates' Court in east London.

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

The preliminary hearing was originally due to be held on 14 January but was adjourned after Mr Doherty, 31, of Marlborough, Wiltshire, and two fellow defendants failed to attend.

Alan Wass, 29, of Latimer Road, west London, was also charged with cocaine possession.

Peter Wolfe, 42, of Maidstone, faces two counts of cocaine possession and one count of supplying the drug.

The pair, who also deny the charges, are due to appear at the hearing on 29 March.

Ms Whitehead, a member of the wealthy Goldsmith family, had been making a documentary about the musician when she died.

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