February 11th, 2013

Today In Court: Huhne ‘Badgered’ Pryce to Take Points

All the evidence has now been heard in Vicky Pryce’s trial, closing speeches will be presented to the jury tomorrow. Today Pryce’s eldest daughter Georgia Beesley took to the stand, alleging that Chris Huhne coerced his ex-wife into taking his points:

“I remember speaking to my mother and she told me that Chris had been caught speeding and was asking her to take speeding points. If he had taken the points he would have lost his licence. He was very insistent that she take the points for him. He would say to her that if she didn’t take them he would not be able to drive, that he would lose his licence, and that it would be her fault if he didn’t get elected. I did not appreciate at that time what it would be like to be living with someone constantly badgering you to do something that you know was wrong and feeling like you don’t have a choice.”

Pryce’s lawyer went on to read out a character reference from none other than ex-MI6 boss Sir John Scarlett, he of dodgy dossier fame. The case will conclude tomorrow…


100 Comments

  1. 1
    and Badger says:

    Mashed potato.

  2. 2
    Anarchists In Blazers says:

    “I did not appreciate at that time what it would be like to have someone constantly badgering you to do something that you know was wrong and feeling like you don’t have a choice.”

    Perfectly describes my relationship with the EU.

  3. 3
    Pricky Vyce says:

    He badgered me whilst he rogered Carina.

  4. 4
    Pryce Watch says:

    Shampers on Vicky tomorrow night if the jury accept her plea ?

    http://www.sbe.co.uk/SBENews/tabid/80/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/305/February-News.aspx

  5. 5
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    Disgusting bully.

  6. 6
    Sarah says:

    Laws, Hitchcock, Huhne, – all following a tradition of crooks thieves & perverts in the anti liberal undemocratic party.

    Did Laws ever pay back that £40,000 he stole from the taxpayer to give to his boyfriend?

  7. 7
    Carina Trimingham is Bernard Bresslaw in Carry on Matron says:

    He needed the car to take Carina to rugby practice.

  8. 8
    The defence says:

  9. 9

    Poor wee thing.

    That beastly man forcing his will upon a weak, defenceless woman.

  10. 10
    Justice Fingers says:

    Send them both down

  11. 11
    Dywane Pipe says:

    So they all knew what was going on, the whole family was in on the contempt of court.

  12. 12
    Plato says:

    The daughter’s evidence is hearsay, surely?

  13. 13
    Who'd have thought says:

    LOL.

    +1000000000

  14. 14
    left wing, right wing, it's all the same bird. says:

    Huhne rogered Pryce to take the piss.
    (out of us all)
    Should have gone to specsavers.

  15. 15
    Honey Badger says:

    Ask me if I give a shit.

  16. 16
    Vicky and Huhne says:

  17. 17
    VERITAS says:

    It looks increasingly like Pryce is going to beat the rap if she does it will be a travesty.

  18. 18
    Carina Trimbush says:

    Excuse me. I do the rogering.

  19. 19
    You're welcome,Judge, says Burt says:

    Where’s Judge Judy when you need her?

  20. 20
    Belsay Bugle says:

    Was there no cross-examination by the Crown?

    It seems as if these statements have gone unchallenged.

    And I would have thought the daughter’s evidence is hearsay, “she told me …” etc

  21. 21
    Belsay Bugle says:

    I agree about the hearsay.
    And is there no cross examination of these witnesses by the Crown?

  22. 22
    Marmite says:

    +1 Belsay.

  23. 23
    Ban Sugar, vote Labour says:

  24. 24
    Casual Observer says:

    Why? Huhne committed the speeding offence. Huhne told lies while he was a Cabinet Minister. He bears 99% of the responsibility. Send the fucker down for the maximum stretch, Your Honour.

  25. 25
    Jon Spelman, noted juicer, says:

    No, that would have been my mum, Caroline Spelman MP, former Minister for Badger Culls, and me. Do keep up with your scandals. I realise the “badger” in the header may have thrown you off.

  26. 26
    Centre Parting says:

    More Abbott bloating……

  27. 27
    Puzzled that Huhne will not be called as a witness says:

    Can anyone explain why (1) Huhne was not called by the prosecution and (2) this hearsay evidence was allowed? I’m not suggesting the prosecution is not trying very hard but it is puzzling to a mere layman…

  28. 28
    A predecessor says:

    Foxes in bedrooms
    Badgers in courts
    Horse-meat in fish-fingers ( give it time )
    Huhne in prison
    Death in the NHS
    Cameron in bed with gays

    Events dear boy events

  29. 29
    old SHEP says:

    Badgers, Foxes and Horses, I just do not know what the World is coming to, What do you think Mr Toad?.

  30. 30
    Tony Blair says:

    A new day has dawned, has it not?

  31. 31
    old SHEP says:

    You pre-empted me by about 30 seconds, are you a mind reader or what?.

  32. 32
    Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

    Never let the facts get in the way of a good fairy tale.

  33. 33
    Casual Observer says:

    I would be wary of a character reference from that guy:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/8499137/Sir-John-Scarlett-MI6-has-no-room-for-mavericks.html

    Possibly corrupted as part of EU ‘black’ intelligence op ?

  34. 34
    ████ ' changed my tune' Hoon says:

    Don’t talk with your mouth full.

  35. 35
    STuN says:

    Just read this and thought of our illustrious submarine commander Gideon the Brave.

    Here is a list of stuff you need to have to be some sort of economist that advises industry, governments etc.

    Gideon has a degree in modern history. Is that the modern history of towel folding at selfridges?

    http://www.sbe.co.uk/Careers/tabid/62/Default.aspx

    Dive Dive Dive

  36. 36
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Better to be a-gloating than a-donating, lard lady.

  37. 37
    STuN says:

    David Laws MP, Gayer and thief has not repaid any monies, however, he does have a clean driving license.

    SO THATS OK THEN

  38. 38
    Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

    Ah, the smell of hypocrisy. The three jailed UKIP MEPs is a far more impressive % score and the smell of Monday Club Tories around the Elm Guest House redefines disgusting. Not an excuse for those you name – but a proper perspective. I cannot be bothered to list the Labour crims; it would take too long just for the Venal Vaz rap sheet.

  39. 39
    Brucie (a-tha-tha-tha-tha-tha) says:

    What do points make? Pryces.

  40. 40
    Casual Observer says:

    Was he really worried about Greece joining the Euro, or was this home life getting him down ? Enjoy some classic Paxo.

  41. 41
    Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

    I have this vision of Abbott and Pickles on a blind date at an eat all you like restaurant…….

  42. 42
    Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

    If Ms Pryce is found “not guilty”, I suspect there will be many other ex-spouses of well known personalities coming forward……

    It will be Jimmy Savillllle all over again :)

  43. 43
    Calamity Clegg says:

    Is it because Chris Huhne tends to lie in Court ??

  44. 44
    RetardEd says:

    My blank piece of paper is still blank and will stay that way as long as I can get away with it. My policy is simply to jump on bandwagons and let Dave hand the election to me on a plate.

  45. 45
    old SHEP says:

    It was a new day yesterday but it’s an old day now (Jethro Tull).

  46. 46
    Aydodge E. Scheisster QC says:

    “Admission against penal interest,” i.e., Vicky as much as admits she’s going to have to take the rap, which act is unlawful as a perversion of justice (defrauding the Court). Sure, Vicky’s trying to play it down by saying it’s not as though it’s a voluntary thing on her part and that Huhne bullied her into it, but she’s telling the kid in effect, if I take the points (which later happened– at least the facts are the points were assessed against her and not Chris), you’ll know why. Admissions against penal interest are outside the hearsay rule, and someone can always testify that they heard someone else try to explain why they did something which could (or did) expose them to criminal liability.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    To be fair, that was Tony Bliar’s lowest moment ever, I believe. Promising the rebate was safe, then handing it over for a promise of President of EU, only for the frogs to renege and laugh at him, because of course he couldn’t tell anyone! I would find it funny, except he gave away taxpayers money and now he avoids paying tax in the UK!!

  48. 48
    Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

    It is not at all puzzling that the evidence was allowed. There are umpteen exceptions to the rules excluding hearsay evidence. The most obvious ones which may apply here (and I have no idea of the specific reasoning applied by the court) are; the court can admit hearsay evidence if it believes it is in the interests of justice (subject to some conditions) and; there are specific exceptions to the hearsay rule in cases of confession by a co-accused in a trial, and these may apply in this case.

  49. 49
    old SHEP says:

    LOL.

  50. 50
    Wet Ed Miliband's Diary says:

    A bad thtart to the day ath I awoke to find that my hot water buttle had burtht during the night. Then I remembered I don’t have a hot water bottle.

    Bottle of champagne and caviar on toatht for breakfatht, then off to work, cleaning Ed Ballth’ footwear. Unfortunately, I don’t have any tan polith tho had to make do with black, and it made a bit of a meth. I’m thure to get roathted when Ed findth out.

    Came home and loaded up Jetpac on my Thpeccy. It’th on the old Thony C90 with Jungle Trouble and Knight Lore. My neanderthal brother hath hacked the game tho it readth “ED THE RETARD” on the thcreen when it’th loading. I with I knew how to do that.

  51. 51
    Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

    I think Mr Toad should be very careful what he bites. I smell another Bonkers Johnson crusade to draw attention from his pitiful failure as a Mayor……..

  52. 52
    Observer says:

    The jury needs to judge whether there was spousal coercion? I thought the jury needed to judge whether she illegally accepted someone else’s points. GUILTY.

  53. 53
    Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

    Calm down dear. This is why you rely on the carers rather than sit on the bench.

  54. 54
    Henry Williams says:

    Criminal Justice Act 1925

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo5/15-16/86

    47 Abolition of presumption of coercion of married woman by husband.

    Any presumption of law that an offence committed by a wife in the presence of her husband is committed under the coercion of the husband is hereby abolished, but on a charge against a wife for any offence other than treason or murder it shall be a good defence to prove that the offence was committed in the presence of, and under the coercion of, the husband.

    Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2012-2013/0126/2013126.pdf

    5
    (2) The following expressions have the meanings given—
    (a) “husband” includes a man who is married to another man;
    (b) “wife” includes a woman who is married to another woman;
    (c) “widower” includes a man whose marriage to another man ended
    with the other man’s death;

    The Criminal Justice Act 1925 Section 47 is being used right now by Vicky Price in her defence

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21333624

    This defence will apply to both parties of a lesbian marriage – but neither party of a gay marriage.

    According to the AA 300,000 people have swapped points with loving wives or hard pressed students for cash. On that basis which other cabinet members or indeed members of the jury have switched points?

  55. 55
    Non-telly-owner says:

    What about Jowell’s 350K from B-for-Berlusconi? Is there an “official” Jowell explanation? Why is she never asked now it’s no longer sub judice?

  56. 56
    Weygand says:

    I don’t think cross dressing came into it.

  57. 57
    Skorpian de Rooftrouser says:

    Bloody hell first glance at the headline and I read Huhne “Buggered” Pryce to take points

  58. 58
    Skorpian de Rooftrouser says:

    Its called money laundering

  59. 59
    Puzzled that Huhne will not be called as a witness says:

    Interesting, although I wonder what directions the jury will be given about the weight to be given to the evidence. Do you have any idea why Huhne was not called?

    I tend to suspect the Crown may think that Pryce does not have a good defence as a matter of law, even without contesting the defence’s evidence (on the basis – I do not know if this is right or wrong – that marital nagging is not enough to constitute “coercion”).

    Calamity Clegg: this would be like the “prisoner’s dilemma! “You have heard Mr Huhne deny that he pressurised Ms Pryce. Members of the jury, only one conclusion can be drawn from that…”.

  60. 60
    Skorpian de Rooftrouser says:

    The Honey badger. My bloody hero

  61. 61
    Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

    + lots. I love the idea that it takes a blog to identify a fundamental drafting error in a major piece of legislation.

  62. 62
    Adrian Swall says:

    Belsay Northumberland?

  63. 63
    Andy Pandy says:

    Too right .

    Thank you very much Mrs Beasley you do not need to stay in Court .

  64. 64
    Henry Williams says:

    Very puzzling indeed.

    Now wait for the flood of ex-wives coming out. The AA says 300,000 people have swapped points.

    http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/news/points-swapping.html

  65. 65
    Loopy Lou LLB (Hons) says:

    Is this the Defence’s best point ?

  66. 66
    Loopy Lou LLB (Hons) says:

    I do not think a personal character reference from an individual who was not present at the time can reasonably be relied upon if the defence is that the act was done under coercion.

    The statement is irrelevant to the charge. It is mitigation at best.

  67. 67
    Henry Williams says:

    It is the defence’s only point

    Strange that a bloke cannot claim marital coercion by a wife but a lesbian can.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    What an accused person says isn’t hearsay.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    His name is Bird not Burt

  70. 70
    Kosher Horse says:

    Simple rule is that what an accused says is not hearsay. And she is a co-accused.

  71. 71
    Ron Davies says:

    Badgers? Did someone say badgers?

  72. 72
    Kosher Horse says:

    She’s one of the accused – what an accused says is not hearsay.

  73. 73
    Kosher Horse says:

    Mr Huhne not called as he’s pled guilty and is effectively removed from the game at that point. Always a bit tricky using an accused (or guilty party) as a Crown witness.

    Anyway, she’s running a defence for which the burden of proof is on her (balance of probabilities).

  74. 74
    Kosher Horse says:

    She’s admitting she did accept the points – under (marital) coercion, the latter if accepted by the jury being a complete defence.

    I hope she gets off, so as to rub that wanker’s nose in it.

  75. 75
    50 Calibre says:

    What a real arsehole. Huhne redefines Hoon…

  76. 76
    Puzzled that Huhne will not be called as a witness says:

    But this hearsay came from her daughter, not from Pryce, so does that rule apply here?

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Why hasn’t Judge Donny Brasco been called either?

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    That’s Equality, Folks!

  79. 79
    Kosher Horse says:

    Evidence from someone who spoke to the accused, about what the accused said, is not hearsay.

    Otherwise cops wouldn’t be able to give evidence of the contents of police interviews with the accused.

  80. 80
    Jim says:

    Agreed.

  81. 81
    Ivan Agenda says:

    If John Scarlet gave her a reference then she must be in trouble.
    That man should himself be in court for fraud and lying.
    Unfortunately he cannot be prosecuted for incompetency as almost all Westminster would be there.

  82. 82
    Lard John Prescott. says:

    Don’t forget me.
    Did you hear my twitter quoted on BBC this afternoon when I advised the Sun that not only page 3 should be discontinued but the rest of the pages 1and 1 and 4 to 47?
    I should be on the stage as a stand down comic, me.

  83. 83
    Angela Merkel, Darling. says:

    Blair would have only become President over my dead body.
    And it did not happen.
    I sussed him out from day one. No wonder, Germany has the highest average IQ in Europe at 107. Britain is down to 100 which is why they believed his promises for 10 years, and then let a phsychotic lead them.

  84. 84
    Judge Placeman. says:

    No, she is not so simple, and listening to the tapes of their telephone conversations she gives as good if not better than he does.
    She is guilty and her defence is weak; but she will get a light sentence and probation. Her employers will worry though, as they should.

  85. 85
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    It is technically still hearsay, but nevertheless admissible as an exception to the rule.

    And fuck me if the daughter isn’t just as fucking hideous as the two-bagger bubble.

  86. 86
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    Admissions against interest are admissible as an exception to the rule against hearsay.

    You jizzmops know nowt about criminal fucking law, so don’t try and be fucking clever.

  87. 87
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    Fucking aye right.

    Most of these bellends spouting on here know fuck all about the rules of evidence or strategy in criminal trials.

    Let the ugly bubble spout all she fucking likes; she’s as guilty as fucking Crippen. Having said that the fucking dozy fucking dole claimants and mouth-breathers on the jury will probably find some sort of fucking spurious reason to acquit that dog-faced bastard.

  88. 88
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    Wrong.

    He could have been called, but it would have backfired, as the defence silk would have torn him a new one in cross-examination to back up the Greek-with-a-face-like-a-smashed-crab’s preposterous fucking story. I’d rather he underwent that process in a fucking cell

  89. 89
    NE Frontiersman says:

    She’d rather we were paying more?

  90. 90
    Halal Donkey says:

    You ran a trial or two have you?

  91. 91
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Obviously. And to my mind it seems only logical that if Blair agreed to changes to the rebate (as also therefore must the rest of the EU members) then if one side reneges, it is incumbent on the other to do likewise. So just deduct what should rightfully be ours from our annual contributions.

    Simple – and WTF would/could they do about it???

    Cameron no-balls has to go – and preferably by the end of the month. Two leaders’ resignations in 4 weeks. Great!

  92. 92
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    He was the original Scarlett Pimple, so I’ve read…

  93. 93
    Frank says:

    Or Donny Darko ?

  94. 94
    Andy Burn'em says:

    A few of these are my favourite things.

  95. 95
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘Pryce’s lawyer went on to read out a character reference from none other than ex-MI6 boss Sir John Scarlett, he of dodgy dossier fame.’

    Once again, reality trumps satire.

  96. 96
    Henry Williams says:

    Interesting jury composition given the crux of the case is marital coercion:

    “The jury of eight women and four men … ”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21333624

    The breakdown of the jury into single, married, separated, divorced or in civil partnerships would be interesting.

    Is the leader of a jury male or female?

  97. 97
    Henry Williams says:

    “Mr MacShane has been married twice and has four children. It is understood he is currently in a relationship with Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of Chris Huhne, the former Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/9653224/MPs-expenses-Police-take-first-step-towards-charges-against-Denis-MacShane.html

    Now the Westminster village is agog at her new relationship with MacShane. Why would someone who said in a recent interview that “politics takes away your integrity … people lie to get what they want” decide that her new man would be someone who has been proved to have forged invoices and to have lied about his expenses claims?

    The new couple have known each other for years, having met regularly at the Davos economic summit in Switzerland and other European conferences. Their relationship is thought to have blossomed in February, when MacShane was one of the star guests at Pryce’s traditional post-Davos party — the first to be thrown at the former marital home since her divorce.

    http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/that-ol-macshane-magic-8293826.html

    So much for her wanting to take the moral high ground.

    Strange that her relationship with an expenses fiddler hasn’t come up in cross examination. Why didn’t she rat on MacShane? Did either of them fiddle expenses or tax returns related to their Davos visits?

    Is she keeping a diary on MacShane (expenses, speeding, recycling bins, tax returns …) just in case she needs another day in court?

    Who needs Hollywood when we have the real thing?

  98. 98
    Henry Williams says:

    in #96 I should have written

    Is the leader of the (not a) jury male or female?

  99. 99
    TimC says:

    It is factual evidence that the daughter heard her mother complain of being pressured at the time (to prove it was not recent fabrication, made up after the event) but hearsay as to the terms of the pressure being exerted.

    This is bread and butter work for a criminal judge – the judge will give careful directions to the jury to avoid grounds for appeal.

  100. 100
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    As it happens, yes.


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