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Junior lawyer MP jailed for lying to avoid speeding fine

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Property law specialist Fiona Onasanya handed three-month custodial sentence

📸 MP Fiona Onasanya

A junior lawyer turned Labour MP has today been jailed for three months after being found guilty lying to police in a bid to avoid a speeding charge.

Fiona Onasanya, a commercial property law specialist, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice at the Old Bailey in December following a retrial.

At the time, the court heard how the MP for Peterborough plotted with her brother to deceive police by claiming a former tenant, Alek Antipow, was driving her vehicle when it was clocked by a speed camera doing 41mph in a 30mph zone in Thorney, near Peterborough, on 24 July 2017. Subsequent inquiries by police revealed Antipow was at home with his parents in Russia at the time.

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Returning to the Old Bailey today, the 35-year-old ex-Eversheds (now Eversheds Sutherland) lawyer was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment. Her brother, Festus Onasanya, was jailed for ten months for his involvement.

Onasanya was elected as Peterborough MP in 2017 with a majority of 607 following a shock win over Conservative MP Stewart Jackson.

Today’s sentencing will likely prompt a formal enquiry by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). An SRA spokesperson told Legal Cheek:

“Now that the case has concluded, we will seek all relevant information before deciding on next steps.”

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36 Comments

Anonymous

It’s also not all that surprising with how long it took her to become a solicitor only to just leave and milk the public purse of the large MP salary on offer!

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Anonymous

Another MP doing jail time.

England is a joke..

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Anonymous

This is the first MP to serve a prison sentence since 1991. One every three decades is a pretty good record.
If you ask me, more should have been imprisoned over finances.

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Grumpy

Only because the rest (e.g. Huhne) had the decency to resign their seats upon conviction and before sentencing.

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Anonymous

Good to consider that the tax payer is concurrently paying her salary and for her detention at HMP.

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Anonymous

A true socliast! Everything paid for by the state

Anonymous

Does anyone know why she got 3 months yet her brother (who pleaded guilty, and presumably got some credit for that) got 10 months?

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Anonymous

Another article (BBC I think) said that she’s suffering from MS and her life was in disarray after a surprise win in 2017. Possibly not good reasons but something the judge took into account.

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Anon

My understanding is that he was facing other charges too.

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Lord Barley of Hounsel

She needn’t worry about being struck off. It would cost the SRA too much.

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Alan Shitstabber

86000 smackers for me.

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Anonymous

Ain’t smiling now.

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Anonymong

Jebus wept (when she got weighed off for 3 months)

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Lel

Why the **** u lyyyyin
Why you always lyyyyin
Mmmmmmnnnomygod
Stop ******* lyyyyin!

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Left wing commentator

She got sent to prison because of racism.

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Anonymous

And sexism. The same two reasons why people keep insinuating that Diane Abbott is incompetent.

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Andrew Neill

DIANNE ABBOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous

And overweight?

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Anonymous

Good ole bit of reputation damage for Eversheds. Alumni in prison.

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Anonymous

Alumnus

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Anonymous

Alumna

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Fifi

Me innocent!

‘‘Twas all Uncle Fester’s fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous

It’s “Festus” not “Fester”.

Anonymous

It’s Faustus

Anonymous

why don’t you stick your correctness up your alumnarse

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Anonymous

Is Eversheds a top tier firm like Jones Day?

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Anonymous

JD is sh*t.

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x

Then you will need to explain why, after persisting to the end with “not Guilty” she got 3m, whereas Chris Huhne (late change of plea to Guilty) got 9m.

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Anonymous

Read the sentencing remarks (linked above). The judge considered the Huhne case, held it was more serious than this one. Nothing to do with race.

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Anonymous

RESIGN RESIGN RESIGN

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Anonymous

Can she stay on as an mp with a crimnial record , anyone please ?

I say this because i thought Tommy Robinson had been cleverly nobbled early doors with the mortgage fraud conviction.

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KTC

More than 12 months custodial sentence while MP losses their seat.

Less than 12 months custodial recall petition.

Can run for election so long as you’re not actively serving a sentence of more than 12 months (or on the run from such a sentence).

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Anonymous

I’m gonna guess she is a Remainer

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Anonymous

Guessing political correctness had NOTHING at all to do with her disproportionately low sentence

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Anonymous

*Yawn* Another dogwhistle racist who refuses to read the sentencing remarks.

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