MP's wife sentenced for cat snatch
An MP's wife has been given a nine-month suspended jail sentence for snatching a kitten from the home of her husband's mistress.
Christine Hemming, 53, from Moseley, Birmingham, was convicted of burglary by a jury at the city's Crown Court last month.
She was captured on CCTV stealing a four-month-old tabby from the home of Emily Cox, the long-term lover of Liberal Democrat John Hemming.
Mrs Hemming was told her sentence would be suspended for 12 months.
She was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work, and pay costs of £1,000. She made no comment as she left the court after the hearing.
Mrs Hemming denied the charge but was found guilty after jurors watched CCTV footage of her taking the cat from the home of Mr Hemming's mistress, Emily Cox, last September.
Cameras filmed Mrs Hemming crawling on her hands and knees beneath a window before entering the property and emerging with the cat, named Beauty, under her arm.
During the trial she accepted that the footage looked "terrible" but said she had simply been trying to avoid being seen by any children at the property, claiming she was at the house to drop off some post.
The mother of three told jurors she had "no recollection" of taking the tabby, which was never seen again, from Ms Cox's property in Moseley, Birmingham.
Jurors heard that Mrs Hemming, her husband, and Ms Cox were involved in a "love triangle" at the time of the burglary.