independent

Saturday 19 April 2014

Minister faces jail for blaming wife over speeding

Chris Huhne

BRITAIN'S former energy minister Chris Huhne has been exposed as a serial liar who was prepared to sacrifice his relationship with his own son and run up taxpayer-funded bills of £250,000 (€292,000) in his attempts to cheat justice.

Mr Huhne quit politics in disgrace and faces the prospect of prison after he finally admitted asking his former wife to take speeding points for him.

On the day he was due to be tried for perverting the course of justice, he unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty, having protested his innocence for almost two years.

It can now be disclosed that Mr Huhne, a Liberal Democrat, tried to get the case against him thrown out during a series of pre-trial hearings.

During 12 days of hearings, which were the subject of a reporting ban, a judge was shown a series of text messages in which Mr Huhne's 18-year-old son, Peter, begged him to "accept the consequences".

His pleadings fell on deaf ears as Mr Huhne (58) exhausted every legal option open to him to avoid trial.

He finally gave up after a judge ordered the trial to go ahead, bringing his career to an end with the single word "guilty" when the charge was put to him at Southwark Crown Court in London.

Mr Justice Sweeney told Mr Huhne: "You should have no illusions whatsoever as to the sort of sentence that you are likely to receive. Understood?"

Mr Huhne nodded in reply. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

Also in this Section

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Independent.ie on Twitter

More

Most Read

Independent Gallery

Your photos

Send us your weather photos promo

Celebrity News