‘Sexual predator’: Former Tory MP jailed for two years over three sex assaults

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‘Sexual predator’: Former Tory MP jailed for two years over three sex assaults

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been sentenced to two years in prison for three sexual assaults on two younger women.

The judge, Mrs Justice Whipple, described the 49-year-old as a "sexual predator" who used his "success and respectability as a cover".

"You made your victims come to court," she said.

"They told the truth, and you told a pack of lies – not only to the jury, but your wife, the whips and the police."

Elphicke showed no emotion as he was sentenced – and has since confirmed through his spokesman that he is seeking to overturn the conviction.

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He declared himself a "naughty Tory" as he chased his first victim around his central London family home in summer 2007, moments after groping her while they shared a bottle of wine.

Image: Elphicke was MP for Dover from 2010 until last year's general election

He also groped a second woman, a parliamentary worker in her early 20s with whom he was "besotted", twice in a month in 2016.

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During his trial, the court heard Elphicke, a father of two and qualified lawyer, lied to police, senior colleagues and his wife about what happened.

The disgraced politician was MP for Dover from 2010 until last year's general election, at which he was succeeded in the Kent constituency by his wife Natalie.

After her husband was convicted in July, Mrs Elphicke announced the end of her 25-year marriage on Twitter as she sat in a taxi leaving the court.

She wrote that the decision had brought "profound sorrow".

In the wake of the verdict, Mrs Elphicke said: "I fully support Charlie in his appeal against both his convictions and today's excessive sentence."

She added: "There is no doubt that Charlie behaved badly. However, everyone, Charlie included, has the right to a fair trial, and I don't believe that he has had one."

Reading a statement from the first victim, prosecutor Eloise Marshall QC, said the effect of Elphicke's actions "had a lasting impact".

She said she now had a "significantly increased sense of caution" when coming into contact with men.

Natalie Elphicke says their marriage is over
Image: Natalie Elphicke announced the end of her 25-year marriage shortly after her husband's conviction

The second victim said in her impact statement, parts of which were read out in court, that Elphicke "stole a large part of my self-worth and self-esteem".

"My inner scars will always be there," she said.

Defending Elphicke, Ian Winter QC, had urged the judge not to jail himRead More – Source

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