MP Claudia Webbe has misplaced her attraction at Southwark Crown Court docket in opposition to her conviction for harassing a love rival.
The 57-year-old, who represents her Leicester East constituency as an unbiased after being expelled from the Labour Get together, focused Michelle Merritt, 59, between September 2018 and April 2020.
Prosecutors stated the 18-month harassment marketing campaign was pushed by “obsession” and “jealousy” over her boyfriend Lester Thomas’s relationship with government assistant Ms Merritt.
The sufferer advised how Webbe branded her a “slag” who “needs to be acid” and threatened to disclose bare images to her household in a string of telephone calls.
Webbe, a former adviser to the Nationwide Police Chiefs’ Council on firearms, was discovered responsible of harassment by chief Justice of the Peace Paul Goldspring and handed a 10-week suspended jail sentence following a trial at Westminster magistrates’ court docket final 12 months.
Now, following a listening to at Southwark Crown Court docket, she has been once more discovered responsible by Decide Deborah Taylor and two magistrates.
The MP, who was elected in 2019, appealed in opposition to her harassment conviction and 10-week suspended jail sentence.
The court docket heard Ms Merritt’s telephone revealed sexual messages between her and Mr Thomas, a advisor at Crossrail, soccer coach, and scout for Chelsea.
Webbe stated she cut up up with Mr Thomas in March this 12 months after studying of the messages.
“I had no thought concerning the relationship between Michelle Merritt and Lester Thomas, that this relationship had been happening all through the whole time of my relationship with Lester,” she stated.
Giving proof from behind a display screen, Ms Merritt admitted having intercourse with Mr Thomas, whom she described as a “narcissist who likes consideration”, between March 2017 and July 2020.