Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire asks “Does The Truth Always Catch Up With You Sooner Or Later?
Chris Huhne has been exposed as a serial liar who was prepared to sacrifice his relationship with his son and run up taxpayer-funded bills of £250,000 in his attempts to cheat justice.
The former energy secretary quit politics in disgrace and faces the prospect of prison after he finally admitted asking his former wife to take speeding points for him.
On the day he was due to be tried for perverting the course of justice, he unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty, having protested his innocence for almost two years, and was warned by a judge that he should have “no illusions whatsoever” about his likely sentence.
It can now be disclosed that Huhne tried to get the case against him thrown out during a series of pre-trial hearings at which his defence claimed the case against him was “at best gossamer thin” and sought to portray him as the victim of a potential miscarriage of justice.
During 12 days of hearings, which were the subject of a reporting ban, a judge was shown a series of text messages in which Huhne’s 18-year-old son, Peter, begged him to “accept the consequences”.
The teenager’s pleadings fell on deaf ears as Huhne, 58, exhausted every legal option open to him to avoid trial, arguing that there was no case to answer and that any trial would be an abuse of process.
He finally gave up after a judge ordered the trial to go ahead, bringing his career and an extraordinary saga to an end with the single word “guilty” when the charge was put to him at Southwark Crown Court in London. His former wife, Vicky Pryce, 60, who denies a charge of perverting the course of justice over the speeding ticket, is due to stand trial.
Huhne, a multi-millionaire, is estimated to have spent between £350,000 and £500,000 on his defence. The Crown Prosecution Service said that it would ask the court to order Huhne to pay the prosecution’s costs, estimated at £150,000.
“Just goes to show that none of us are above the law” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.