MP convicted of perverting the course of justice

|News, Driving offences

An MP who claimed someone else was driving her car when it was speeding has been convicted of perverting the course of justice today (19 December).

Fiona Onsanya, 34, MP for Peterborough, was captured driving at 41mph in a 30mph zone in her Nissan Micra on The Causeway in Thorney, Cambridgeshire on 24 July 2017.

GATSO camera image of Ms Onasanya's car
GATSO camera image of Ms Onasanya's car

A notice of intended prosecution was sent to Onasanya, who claimed someone else had been driving her car at the time of the incident.

Enquiries into the nominated driver found that person did not live at the address Onasanya had nominated and he was abroad on the date of the offence.

Onsanya’s brother, Festus, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice after lying about who was driving his car on three other occasions when it was caught speeding.

The people the defendants had nominated as drivers on each occasion were found to be previous tenants of the home Festus Onasanya was subletting in Cambridge, the Old Bailey heard.

Donna Rayner, of the CPS, said: “Fiona Onasanya and her brother Festus both lied to the authorities in the hope they could avoid the consequences of their speeding offences.

“Fiona Onsanya denied perverting the course of justice but the CPS presented evidence that her phone was in the area when the speeding took place and the man she had nominated as the driver was, in fact, out of the country. Clearly the jury did not believe her explanation.”

The defendants will be sentenced at a later date.

Notes to editors

  • Donna Rayner is a Crown Advocate in the Special Crime Division at the Crown Prosecution Service
  • Fiona Onsanya (DOB 23/08/1983) denied one count of perverting the course of justice but was convicted by a jury
  • Festus Onsanya (DOB 15/12/1984) pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice on 5 November 2018.

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