British MP Fiona Onasanya has been jailed for three months for lying to police after she was caught speeding.
The Peterborough MP was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by claiming someone else was driving her car on July 24, 2017.
The 35-year-old solicitor appeared at the Old Bailey to be sentenced alongside her brother Festus Onasanya (34) who pleaded guilty to three similar charges, including the July incident.
Mr Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith jailed the MP for three months and sentenced her brother to 10 months in prison.
The judge said: “It is not one law for those in a position of responsibility and power and another for those that do not.
“It’s a tragedy that you find yourselves here and in this predicament, but it is a tragedy that you have brought on yourselves.”
He told Ms Onasanya: “You have not simply let yourself down, you have let down those who look to you for inspiration, your party, your profession and parliament.”
He told singer Mr Onasanya: “It takes some courage to face the music in cases such as this.”
The judge said Ms Onasanya’s case was out of the ordinary because the crime was “totally out of character” and possibly committed out of misplaced loyalty to her brother.
Her life as a new MP in 2017 was “extremely hectic and chaotic” and she had just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when police began to pursue her.
After her brother falsely filled out her Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), she made the “disastrous decision” to keep up the lie from November 2017, he said.
The judge said jail could be expected for giving false information even in lesser cases because it “undermines the very system of criminal justice”.
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