A not so purr-fect crime: MP's wife guilty of cat theft
Published 01/10/2011 | 05:00
The wife of a British MP was found guilty of burglary yesterday after being caught on camera breaking into his lover's home and stealing her kitten.
Christine Hemming (53) stole 'Beauty' the tabby cat three days after separating from her husband John, a Liberal Democrat MP in Birmingham, in September last year.
CCTV footage showed her crawling on her hands and knees underneath a window at the home of Emily Cox, a researcher with whom the MP fathered a child in 2005, before sneaking in and leaving with the cat tucked under her arm.
She denied the charges, saying she could not remember taking the cat and had gone to the house to deliver letters for her husband, but was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court.
She will be sentenced next month. The kitten has not been seen since the theft.