Pete Doherty in court on drugs charge after death of Robin Whitehead in Hackney

Former Libertines frontman denies cocaine possession

Rock star Pete Doherty appeared in court today (Wednesday) on a drugs charge following the death of an heiress in Hackney.

The former Libertines frontman was originally arrested after police investigated the suspected overdose of Robin Whitehead in a flat in Daubeny Road, Lower Clapton, in January last year.

Ms Whitehead, 27, who was the granddaughter of the late Teddy Goldsmith, a prominent environmentalist, had been filming a documentary on the singer.

Doherty, of Durley, Wiltshire, was in the dock at Thames Magistrates Court along with two friends after all three failed to appear at an earlier court date in January.

The singer, 31, denies one count of possessing cocaine.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age, and address at the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes.

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Alan Wass, 29, of Latimer Road, west London, is also charged with cocaine possession. Musician Peter Wolfe, 42, of Heath Road, Boughton Monchelsea, Kent, is accused of two counts of possession of cocaine and one count of supplying cocaine.

They also deny the charges.

District Judge Jacqueline Comyns committed the case for trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on March 29.