MP's wife avoids jail for kitten theft
AN MP's wife was given a nine-month suspended sentence yesterday for snatching a kitten from the home of her husband's mistress. Christine Hemming (53) was convicted of burglary last month.
She was captured on CCTV stealing a four-month-old tabby from the home of Emily Cox, the long-term lover of Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming.
Mrs Hemming (pictured left) was also ordered by the judge to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work and pay costs of £1,000 (€1,100).
Mrs Hemming had denied the charge but was found guilty after jurors watched CCTV footage of her taking the cat last September.
Cameras filmed Mrs Hemming crawling on her hands and knees beneath a window, before entering the property and emerging with the cat, named Beauty, under her arm.
During the trial she told jurors she had "no recollection" of taking the tabby -- which was never seen again -- from Ms Cox's property in Birmingham.
Jurors heard that Mrs Hemming, her husband, and Ms Cox were involved in a "love triangle" at the time of the burglary.