Jim Sturman, representing Margaret Moran, has attacked the "more vengeful press" who "hound (the former MP) at her front door" after she was given a two-year supervision and treatment order for fiddling her expenses.
Speaking on behalf of Mrs Moran's husband, he said:
Dr Simon Kelly, from the Priory Hospital in Southampton, said Margaret Moran's mental state is so weak she may need to be restrained to leave her own home.
He said the former MP had "experienced panic attacks" and "nightmares" over a newspaper report late last month that claimed she had been spotted at a pub.
Asked how Mrs Moran would have reacted if she had to come to court, Dr Kelly said:
Dr Simon Kelly, from the Priory Hospital in Southampton, said that he last saw Margaret Moran on Tuesday. He outlined the mental health problems the disgraced former MP is facing:
The judge said two distinguished psychiatrists instructed by the defence had concluded former Labour MP Margaret Moran was unfit to plead, and a psychiatrist instructed by the prosecution broadly agreed.
Margaret Moran was not present at Southwark Crown Court to hear Mr Justice Saunders make the ruling.
The judge accepted his ruling will anger some hoping for the disgraced MP to receive a stiffer punishment, telling the court:
The judge at Southwark Crown Court emphatically pointed out that (his ruling against Margaret Moran) was not a sentence and that the findings of the jury were not convictions as she had not had the opportunity to contradict or explain the evidence called by the prosecution.
He said while his rulings were limited to criminal proceedings, they do not affect any steps that may be taken through the civil courts to recover any money that Mrs Moran has received to which she was not entitled.
Disgraced former Labour MP Margaret Moran has been given a two-year supervision and treatment order for fiddling expenses to receive more than £53,000 from the taxpayer.
The 57-year-old, who represented Luton South for 13 years, claimed nearly her entire annual allowance in one bogus expense entry and forged invoices for more than £20,000 for non-existent goods and services.
The claims were the largest amount uncovered in the wake of the MPs' expenses scandal.
Moran, though, did not receive a criminal conviction after a judge ruled she was unfit to stand trial for mental health reasons. She was sentenced today at Southwark Crown Court.
A jury has found that a former Bedfordshire MP claimed more than 50 thousand pounds by fiddling her expenses. Margaret Moran - who served as MP for Luton South for 13 years -forged invoices for non-existent goods.
She didn't appear in court though because of mental health reasons.
Emma Hutchinson reports.
Margaret Moran, who served as MP for Luton South from 1997 until the 2010 General Election, was found to have falsely claimed around £60,000 in parliamentary expenses between 2004 and 2008, of which she received £53,000.
Jurors at Southwark Crown Court in London were unable to return a guilty verdict after it was ruled that Moran was unfit to stand trial for mental health reasons.
Instead, in a trial of issue, the jury found that she had committed 15 counts of false accounting and six counts of using a false instrument over the claims for parliamentary expenses.
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