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Labour MP faces retrial over speeding fine as jury fails to reach verdict

Labour MP Fiona Onasanya who is accused of lying to avoid a speeding fine is facing a retrial after a jury f..

By admin , in England , at November 26, 2018

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Labour MP Fiona Onasanya who is accused of lying to avoid a speeding fine is facing a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

The MP for Peterborough, 35, allegedly colluded with her brother Festus to escape prosecution for going 41mph in a 30mph zone on 24 July 2017.

Onasanya denied one count of perverting the course of justice during her trial at the Old Bailey and after several days of deliberating the jury could not come to a decision

Pic shows: Monday 26.11.18 Pic shows: Labour MP Fiona Onasanya arrives at the Old Bailey today to hear the verdict in her trial for Perverting the Course of Justice. She stepped out of a cab wearing huge ear muffs and dark glasses past a gaggle of waiting TV cameramen. She arrived with her mother in green scarf pic by Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000

Labour MP Fiona Onasanya pictured as she arrived at the Old Bailey ahead of todays (Picture: Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000)

Festus Onasanya, the 33-year-old brother of Labour MP Fiona Onasanya, arrives at the Old Bailey for a plea hearing over allegations of a motoring offence. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 5, 2018. Mr Onasanya, the 33-year-old brother of Labour MP Fiona Onasanya, are both alleged to have misinformed Cambridge police about who was responsible for driving a speeding vehicle on July 24 2017. See PA story COURTS Onasanya. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Festus Onasanya and his sister are both alleged to have misinformed Cambridge police about who was responsible for driving a speeding vehicle (Picture: PA)

A Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) was sent back to authorities claiming a Russian man was behind the wheel of her Nissan Micra when it was caught speeding at the village of Thorney, near Peterborough.

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However, inquiries revealed Aleks Antipow was back home in Russia with his parents at the time.

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Her 33-year-old brother Festus, from Cambridge, has admitted three charges of perverting the course of justice, including over the 24 July incident.

Prosecutors say the siblings schemed together to dodge the speeding ticket.

Pic shows: Monday 26.11.18 Pic shows: Labour MP Fiona Onasanya arrives at the Old Bailey today to hear the verdict in her trial for Perverting the Course of Justice. She stepped out of a cab wearing huge ear muffs and dark glasses past a gaggle of waiting TV cameramen. She arrived with her mother in green scarf pic by Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000

after several days of deliberating the jury could not come to a decision (Picture: Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000)

However, the MP accused her younger brother Festus of forging her signature on a document stating a lodger at one of their properties was driving the car.

The trained solicitor said in her defence she could not recall what she had been doing on the day but assumed she was in Manchester.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC sent the 11-strong Old Bailey jury out to deliberate on its verdict just after 10.30am last Thursday.

On Friday afternoon, he said he would accept a verdict on which 10 jurors were agreed.

CPS handout still taken from a speeding camera, of Labour MP Fiona Onasanya?s Nissan Micra being caught speeding on July 24 last year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 19, 2018. Onasanya, 35, allegedly schemed with her brother to claim a Russian man was behind the wheel of her car when it was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone. See PA story COURTS MP. Photo credit should read: CPS/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

CPS handout still taken from a speeding camera, of Labour MP Fiona Onasanyas Nissan Micra being caught speeding (Picture: PA)

File photo dated 19/05/17 of Fiona Onasanya, a Labour MP accused of plotting to avoid a speeding prosecution, who has told her trial she waited more than a year before investigating whether she was driving at the time. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 19, 2018. Onasanya, 35, allegedly schemed with her brother to claim a Russian man was behind the wheel of her Nissan Micra when it was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone. See PA story COURTS MP. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The 35-year-old is the MP for Peterborough (Picture: PA)

After two-and-a-half hours of deliberations on Monday, the jury indicated they could not agree a verdict, even if they had more time.

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Discharging the jury, Mr Hilliard QC said: I have had a note from you saying you do not need any more time.

Thank you very much for the evident care and attention you have given this case. The case will have to be retried in due course in front of a different jury.

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