Wednesday, 17 Jul 2024

Labour MP Fiona Onasanya denies lying to police over speeding offence

Fiona Onasanya, who represents Peterborough, is standing trial with her brother Festus, 33.

The pair are accused of misinforming Cambridgeshire Police about who was responsible for driving a speeding vehicle in July 2017.

It is alleged they named Aleks Antipow as the driver “to avoid prosecution and punishment”.

Onasanya, who was a solicitor before being elected to parliament last year, was at the Old Bailey on Monday for the start of the trial.

Wearing a smart grey suit, she spoke to confirm her identity and deny one charge of perverting the course of justice.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC has adjourned the case until Tuesday, when a jury will be sworn in.

Prosecutor David Jeremy QC will then open the case, which is anticipated to last all week.

Onasanya, who was granted unconditional bail, will be represented by Christine Agnew QC.

Festus Onasanya, of Chesterton, Cambridge, last week pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice, including the joint charge.

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