British singer George Michael has been sentenced to eight weeks in jail after he pleaded guilty last month to driving under the influence.
Michael, who appeared at the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in London on Tuesday, was criticised by Judge John Perkins for taking a “dangerous and unpredictable mix” of marijuana and prescription drugs.
“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,” Judge Perkins said.
He sentenced Michael (real name Georgios Panayiotou) to four weeks in jail and four weeks of parole. The Faith singer was also fined Â£1,250 and had his license suspended for six months at his previous court appearance in August.
The charges stem from a July incident in which the 47 year old pop-star crashed his car into a photographic shop in the early hours of the morning.
The singer’s lawyer, Mukul Chawla, told the judge that his client felt “profound shame and horror” over the matter.
“It is no exaggeration to describe him as a very kind, considerate and loyal man, constantly concerned for the plight of others. The prospect he could have put anyone else in danger is an appalling prospect to him,” said Chawla.
Michael’s license was previously suspended thanks to a 2006 incident in which he was found slumped over the wheel of his car in London. He pleaded guilty at the time to being unfit to drive after taking prescription drugs.
It was this previous conviction that led Judge Perkins to sentence him to jail.
In August 2009 Michael was also involved in a car accident with a lorry but he was not charged with any offence.