British MP, Fiona Onasanya Jailed with brother for lying
MP Fiona Onasanya has been sentenced to three months in prison for lying to police to avoid a speeding ticket.
The former Labour MP for Peterborough, now sitting as an independent, was found guilty of perverting the court of justice following a retrial in December.
She plotted with her brother Festus, 34, to avoid prosecution for the offence by naming Aleks Antipow as the driver of the Nissan Micra when she was caught doing 41mph in a 30mph
Mr Antipow, the sibling’s former lodger, was at home with his parents in Russia 1,800 miles away.
Mr Justice Stuart-Smith sentenced Festus, who has several previous convictions and served 54 days in jail for robbery in 2011, to 10 months jail.
Festus, 34, from Cambridge, pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice over speeding, including for the July 24 incident.
He told Onasayna that three months was the ‘shortest possible sentence I am able to impose.’
The judge said she “will serve half of that sentence before being released”.
Onasanya is the first female MP to ever be sent to jail.
The 35-year-old solicitor was clocked going 41mph in a 30mph zone in the village of Thorney near Peterborough.
The prosecution alleged she went on to collude with her brother Festus to avoid a speeding ticket.
Unless Onasanya resigns there will be a Recall Petition in Peterborough and a by-election will be called if 10 per cent of the electorate sign it.
A Labour source said the recall petition cannot happen until the appeals process is exhausted.
During sentencing, the Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said: “It is a tragedy that you find yourselves and here in this predicament but it is a tragedy that you have bought upon yourselves.”
He also took into account that the disgraced MP’s career is now over and that she suffers from MS.
The Old Bailey heard evidence the MP was texting as well as speeding on the evening of Monday July 24 last year, during the summer recess.