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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


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

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.


Pryce jury told 'slate wiped clean'

Vicky Pryce Credit: PA

The jurors at the retrial of former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne's ex-wife have been urged to ignore anything they knew about the case and to "wipe the slate clean".

Vicky Pryce, 60, denies perverting the course of justice by taking speeding points for former cabinet minister Huhne in 2003.

Using the defence of marital coercion she claims her former husband forced her to take the points.

He previously pleaded guilty to the offence and has been warned he could face jail.

Last week a jury failed to reach a verdict in Pryce's trial and on Monday a new jury of seven men and five women were told by Mr Justice Sweeney:

"Both sides, prosecution and defence, have asked me to deal with the continuing publicity as to the first trial in this case which ended last week in which the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

"That happens, sometimes. It is of no relevance whatsoever in this trial at all. In this trial the slate, as it were, is wiped clean, and you judge the case afresh based only on the evidence which unfolds before you during the course of the trial."

Prosecutor Andrew Edis told them: "It would be foolish for anyone to pretend that you are all entirely ignorant about the circumstances of this case. There is no such pretence.

"What his Lord has directed you and what we also urge you to do is to pay no heed at all to anything that you know about it up until now. It starts now, and what matters is what happens from now on."

The court heard that Huhne's BMW was clocked speeding at 11.23pm on March 12, 2003 as he returned from Stansted airport to London. He said Huhne nominated his then-wife to take the points so he could avoid losing his licence and the pair had "cheated the system".

Mr Edis said Pryce, of Crescent Grove, Clapham, south London, claimed a defence of marital coercion, requiring that her husband was present at the time and applied such pressure that she had no real choice.

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