Vicky Pryce found guilty

Disgraced MP Chris Huhne's ex-wife was today convicted of perverting the course of justice by taking his speeding points a decade ago.

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Vicky Pryce 'very disappointed' with guilty verdict

Vicky Pryce with her solicitor Robert Brown outside Southwark Crown Court. Credit: ITV News

Robert Brown, the solicitor of Vicky Pryce has given a statement following his client's conviction.

Speaking outside Southwark Crown Court he said Ms Pryce was "very disappointed" with the guilty verdict. On her behalf, he also thanked those who had supported her through the "difficult period", including her children, friends and colleagues.

Earlier the former wife of Chris Huhne was found guilty of perverting the course of justice for taking his speeding points a decade ago.

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Denials over who knew what on speeding fines

Vicky Pryce was found guilty following retrial. Credit: Priscilla Coleman

A number of denials have been issued over who had prior knowledge of the Vicky Pryce speeding points story. Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by taking his speeding points.

Vicky Pryce at Southwark Crown Court. Credit: Priscilla Coleman

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Pryce verdict 'a serious offence' - police statement

This was a thorough and complex investigation conducted by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Many of the records from 2003, such as CCTV which may have confirmed either defendant’s location on 12 March, had been unobtainable.

A black BMW activated a speed camera at 23.23pm on 12 March 2003 on the London bound carriageway of the M11, at Chigwell, 550m south of the Luxborough Lane Road Bridge.

The vehicle was travelling at 69mph where the speed limit was 50mph.

A Notice of Intended Prosecution was duly sent which was returned stating that Vicky Pryce was driving the car at the time of the offence.

Ms Pryce disclosed to media that the driver of the BMW at the time of the speeding offence was Mr Huhne but that she had agreed to be named and take the points.

The conviction of Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce has been achieved through the thorough and steadfast investigation conducted by officers and specialist staff at Essex and Kent Police. Perverting the course of justice is a serious offence.

"We hope this conviction serves as a timely reminder to motorists who try and avoid driving bans by ‘giving’ their points to others. This practice is not only unlawful, but has life changing consequences for those who get caught flouting the rules."

– Ass Ch Const Gary Beautridge from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Huhne sentence to follow

Huhne and Pryce Credit: PA

Chris Huhne - until last month the MP for Easteigh in Hants - is to be sentenced next week. His wife was found guilty this afternoon of perverting the course of justice by taking his speeding points at Southwark Crown Court. Both Huhne and Vicky Pryce face jail.

Pryce guilty over Huhne points

Vicky Pryce Credit: PA

Disgraced MP Chris Huhne's ex-wife was today convicted of perverting the course of justice by taking his speeding points a decade ago.

Vicky Pryce, 60, of Crescent Grove, Clapham, south London, was found guilty by a jury of seven men and five women today after a retrial at Southwark Crown Court.

Former energy secretary Huhne pleaded guilty last month to perverting the course of justice by passing his points to Prycein 2003, ending his political career. Both now face jail.

Pryce looked open-mouthed in shock as the foreman told the court the jury, which retired at 3pm on Tuesday, had reached a unanimous guilty verdict.

Judge Mr Justice Sweeney granted Pryce bail until sentencing, a date for which has not been set, when he will also sentence Huhne.

He told the economist, as he had told Huhne, to be under no illusion of what sentence to expect.

"Obviously Ms Pryce was present when I indicated to Mr Huhne the inevitable consequences of a conviction for an offence of this sort.

"She must be under no illusions that my granting of bail indicates any watering down of that provisional approach."

He thanked the jury for discharging their task "assiduously" in a case which could not have been easy.

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