Minister faces jail for blaming wife over speeding
Published 05/02/2013 | 04:00
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)