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Constance Briscoe in court over Chris Huhne speeding points case

  • 24 June 2013
  • From the section UK
Constance Briscoe
Constance Briscoe appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday

A barrister and part-time judge has appeared in court accused of intending to pervert the course of justice in connection with the Chris Huhne speeding points case.

Constance Briscoe, 56, from south London, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court accused of providing police with two inaccurate statements.

She is also accused of altering a copy of a witness statement given to police.

She has denied the allegations and will appear again in court on 2 July.

Former cabinet minister Huhne was jailed along with his ex-wife Vicky Pryce earlier this year after she accepted speeding points on his behalf.

Both have since been released from prison.

'Altered'

Ms Briscoe spoke only to confirm her name, age and address at the short hearing on Monday morning.

She faces two counts of intending to pervert the course of justice.

The first count alleges that, between 16 May 2011 and 6 October 2012, she provided Essex Police with two statements that were inaccurate.

The second alleges that on 6 October she produced a copy of her witness statement that had been altered and maintained that it was the correct version.

After she was charged on 12 June, Ms Briscoe said in a statement she was "deeply distressed", adding: "I have not committed the offences alleged against me and I will fight the allegations in court."

She will appear again at Southwark Crown Court next month.