George Michael sentenced to eight weeks in jail for drug offenses

September 15th, 2010 - 12:06 am ICT by BNO News  

George Michael LONDON (BNO NEWS) – Singer George Michael on Tuesday was sentenced to eight weeks, four of them in jail, for crashing his vehicle while driving under the influence of narcotics.

The 47-year-old musician was also fiend with £1,250 and was prohibited to drive for the next five years. The remaining 4 weeks of his sentence will be served on license.

Michael, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, was arrested on July 4 in Hampstead, northern London, after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a Snappy Snaps, a photographic shop. The British music star was charged with possession of marijuana and with driving under the influence of cannabis

Police officers at the scene discover that Michael was in possession of two cannabis cigarettes and blood tests showed he had chemicals linked to the drug in his body. Michael later admitted taking a small quantity of cannabis hours before the collision. The defendant has a previous conviction for the same offense.

In October 2006, Michael was found collapsed inside his Mercedes Benz due to drug usage. He was banned from driving for two years and sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

At Tuesday’s sentence, the singer could not avoid jail time as this was his second conviction on the same charge. The singer has made no secret of his long-time use of cannabis.

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