Huhne and ex-wife jailed over speeding deception

Former energy minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce have both been sentenced to 8 months prison for their deception to police officers during an incident when their car was caught speeding by a police camera in 2003.

At the time, Ms Pryce told police that she was the driver of the car so that her husband would not face a driving ban for accumulated points. The pair kept the secret, but then after Mr Huhne left his wife for his mistress, Ms Pryce attempted to break the story of the deception through a journalist, out of what the judge called "an implacable desire for revenge".

In February 2012 the couple were charged with perverting the course of justice, and Mr Huhne fought an expensive legal battle to have the charge removed. He failed, and stood trial in January of this year, making a dramatic last minute change of his plea to guilty. His ex-wife Ms Pryce, however, pleaded not guilty, saying she was coerced into taking her husbands speeding points for him. That defense failed and she was convicted of the charge.

They were both awarded 8 month prison sentences, and they were told by the judge that they would serve at least have of their sentence.

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