Kit­ten was never found, court told

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN

AN MP’s wife was caught on CCTV as she sneaked into the home of her hus­band’s mis­tress to steal a KIT­TEN, a jury heard.

Chris­tine Hem­ming, Lib­eral Demo­crat MP John Hem­ming and his lover, Emily Cox, were in­volved in a “love tri­an­gle” at the time of the al­leged of­fence.

Open­ing the case against Mrs Hem­ming, pros­e­cu­tor Ja­son Pegg told ju­rors she spent three min­utes in­side Miss Cox’s home be­fore emerg­ing with the kit­ten un­der her arm.

Ex­plain­ing that Mr Hem­ming di­vided his time be­tween his mar­i­tal home in Mose­ley, Birm­ing­ham, and the nearby res­i­dence of Miss Cox, Mr Pegg said: “This is, for want of a bet­ter word, a love tri­an­gle — a love tri­an­gle that both women are fully aware of.”

Mrs Hem­ming, who de­nies bur­glary, lis­tened from the dock of Birm­ing­ham Crown Court as Mr Pegg added: “This case is all about the de­fen­dant go­ing to Emily Cox’s home one evening in Septem­ber of last year be­fore en­ter­ing that home and steal­ing a kit­ten known as Beauty.”

The court heard that Miss Cox was out at a meet­ing and re­turned home to find one of her two cats, Beauty and Twin­kle, was miss­ing.

Miss Cox searched for the kit­ten over the next few days then viewed the CCTV in­stalled around her home.

Mr Pegg told the court the kit­ten had never been found, and added: “CCTV footage showed what hap­pened to the cat.

“The de­fen­dant had en­tered the house, then left through the same door which she had en­tered, but un­der her left arm was the kit­ten.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

LOVE-TRI­AN­GLE: MP Hem­ming, his lover and his wife ( be­low)

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