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George jailed

By | Published on Wednesday 15 September 2010

So, as you surely already know by now, George Michael was yesterday sentenced to four weeks in the slammer and four more basically on house arrest for driving into a branch of Snappy Snaps in north London while all doped up on cannabis. And he didn’t even have any photos to collect.

The custodial sentence was almost inevitable, given the singer’s past run-ins with the law for drug and driving related offences. According to the Press Association, Judge John Perkins told Michael: “It does not appear that you took proper steps to deal with what is clearly an addiction to cannabis. That’s a mistake which puts you and, on this occasion, the public at risk”.

While noting that the singer had checked into rehab shortly after the incident, and observing that “I accept entirely that you have shown remorse, that you are ashamed of it, that you admitted it” he said some jail time was required because of the past offences. Michael was also fined £1250 and banned from driving for five years.

Earlier the singer’s lawyer had said his client considered the fact he had potentially endangered other people’s lives as “appalling” and that the incident had caused him to turn round his life. The legal man added: “For the first time in many years he has started writing again. His creativity, so long hampered by his drug dependence, is re-emerging”.

According to reports, Michael simply sighed on hearing his sentence, while his partner Kenny Goss was slightly more dramatic holding his hands to his face.