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Disgraced junior lawyer MP’s jail term not unduly lenient, Attorney General rules

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Fiona Onasanya released from prison this morning after serving a third of her three-month jail sentence for perverting the course of justice

MP Fiona Onasanya

A disgraced junior lawyer turned MP who was jailed for perverting the course of justice will not have her three-month sentence extended after the Attorney General decided against referring her case to the Court of Appeal.

Commercial property law specialist Fiona Onasanya was jailed last month after she was found guilty of lying to police about who was driving her vehicle when it was clocked by a speed camera in Thorney, near Peterborough, on 24 July 2017. The former Eversheds (now Eversheds Sutherland) lawyer was handed a three-month custodial sentence earlier this year following a retrial.

In the days following the conviction, the Attorney General’s office received a complaint that the sentence was too lenient. Now, following a review, the complaint has not been upheld. A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office said:

“After careful consideration, the solicitor general has concluded that he could not refer this case to the Court of Appeal.”

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The Attorney General’s decision came just hours before the 35-year-old — who was expelled by the Labour party but continues to sit as the independent MP for Peterborough — was released from prison after serving one month of her sentence.

During her trial, the court heard how Onasanya had schemed with her brother, Festus Onasanya, to deceive police by claiming a former tenant, Alek Antipow, was driving her vehicle at the time of the incident. Subsequent inquiries by police revealed Antipow was at home with his parents in Russia at the time.

Onasanya’s brother, Festus Onasanya, was jailed for ten months after he pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice.

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17 Comments

Anonymous

RESIGN

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Anonymous

Does the AG ‘rule’?

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Anonymous

The stupidity of this person.

If she had a minor motoring offence people wouldn’t care.

Her lies and dishonesty means she cannot be trusted.

Was it worth it? Of course not.

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Anonymous

Worse than that, she clearly has contempt for the legal system. Breaking the law in a victimless way is one thing, attempting to undermine the justice system is another.

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Anonymous

Well Alex undermines the justice system every day by claiming rent support while squatting in his senile deranged old mumsy’s garage in sarf landan init bruv

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Anonymous

Clocked? Legal Cheek using gangster slang.

Proper City Lads

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Anonymous

Ray-Cis

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Anonymous

Whose interests is she representing now, she will make loads of black people look bad the way the actions of a small group of extremists make Islam look bad

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Anonymous

Why does the colour of her skin matter?

How does it even come into it?

It’s not as if people ever refer to the whiteness of Harley, Proudman, Hendron eg al, is it?

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Tommy

‘…who was expelled by the Labour party but continues to sit as the independent MP for Peterborough’

How can anyone possibly want this liar to represent them

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Samuel

Presumably it’ll be because there hasn’t been a subsequent election to give them the option to elect someone else

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Anonymous

Dishonesty offence? Out of prison? Ripe and ready for a strike off.

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Anonymous

Could not be more obviously unduly lenient.

If only the authorities could show the same interest in closing the Sentencing Pay Gap as they do in closing the fictional Gender Pay Gap.

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Anonymous

Needs to be better legislation for constituencies to hold their mps to account. Fed up of this kind of stuff. The standard expected of mps is so low.

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Hegger

But the criminal justice system discriminates against women and black people, everyone knows that.

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Anonymous

No, just black men.

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Anonymous

You people… People used to sneer at Jesus too you know. And now look at him!

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