Vicky Pryce jury to resume deliberations next week in trial over taking Chris Huhne speeding blame
The jury will resume its deliberations on Monday in the trial of Vicky Pryce who is accused of taking the blame for her ex-husband Chris Huhne’s 2003 speeding offence so he could avoid a driving ban.
Ms Pryce, 60, accepts that she took the former Cabinet Minister’s points but claims she was the subject of a sustained campaign of bullying at his hands and had no choice but to bow to his will.
She said that her husband stood over her, pen in hand, and badgered her to sign the form until she did so in three critical seconds. She is claiming the defence of marital coercion. He was campaigning for the nomination for his first Westminster seat at the time and was concerned at the damage to his reputation and the inconvenience if he was banned.
Huhne, 58, the former Energy Secretary, admitted perverting the course of justice on Monday last week and stepped down as the MP for Eastleigh to end his high-flying political career. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Ms Pryce is accused of plotting against her husband after he revealed in 2010 that he was having an affair with an aide, Carina Trimingham, and ended their 26-year marriage.
The court has heard that both she, and her neighbour and barrister Constance Briscoe, were in contact with journalists for months before the story about the point swapping was first published in May 2011.
With little corroborating evidence, Ms Pryce tried to ensnare her husband in a confession in a series of four telephone calls with her ex-husband, the jury of eight women and four men at Southwark Crown Court was told.
In an email to the Sunday Times political editor Isabel Oakeshott, the prominent economist had written how more than ever she wanted to “nail him” and to do it soon.
However, she said that she was “shocked and horrified” when the story was eventually published and said that she felt manipulated and wanted nothing more to do with it.
Ms Pryce denies perverting the course of justice.
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
Earthworms rain down from skies over Norway, puzzling scientists
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats