Fiona Onasanya is facing a jail sentence after an Old Bailey jury found she lied to police in order to get out of a speeding fine earlier this week. The 35-year-old Member of Parliament for Peterborough said Jesus was also found guilty of crimes by Roman courts in a message sent to a group chat of Labour MPs on WhatsApp. Ms Onasanya added she was in “good biblical company” because several other Christian figures who were convicted of crimes went on to have their greatest days afterwards.
According to The Times, she wrote: “What I do know is that I am in good biblical company along with Joseph, Moses, Daniel and his three Hebrew friends who were each found guilty by the courts of their day.
“While God did not save them from a guilty verdict he did save them in it and ensured that their greatest days of impact were on the other side of a guilty verdict.
“Of course this is equally true of Christ who was accused and convicted by the courts of his day and yet this was not his end but rather the beginning of the next chapter in his story.”
Ms Onasanya’s political career lies in tatters as she has been suspended by the Labour party and is facing calls to resign as an MP.
She was elected to Parliament at the last general election in 2017 but was accused of speeding at 41mph in a 30mph zone at 10pm on July 24 last year.
The MP, who is also a solicitor herself, denied the charge but was found guilty in a retrial of colluding with her brother Festus to cover up her offence and in the defiant message blamed “widespread media coverage.”
Mr Onasanya, 34, admitted three counts of perverting the course of justice a week before the pair were due to stand trial.
Both are facing a jail term and will be sentenced at a later date.
If she is imprisoned for more than one year she will automatically lose her seat but constituents and other MPs are calling for her to resign regardless of the sentence.
During the trial, jurors heard how Ms Onasanya claimed her former lodger Aleks Antipow was driving the purple Nissan Micra at the time.
However it was revealed Mr Antipow was visiting his family in Russia and could not possibly have been at the wheel.
Ms Onasanya had a clean driving licence at the time and would only have been punished by six points and a fine had she admitted to being the driver of the car when she received the notice of intended prosecution.
However her political career is now likely over after she claimed to have left the form at her mother’s house and did not know who was driving the car.
But both of Ms Onasanya’s phones were in the car when it was caught by speed cameras, proving she was at least in the car at the time, and the court heard how neither Ms Onasanya, who had already completed a speed awareness course for an earlier offence, or her brother, who already had nine points on his licence and would have faced losing his job, wanted to accept responsibility.
When the second penalty notice arrived she colluded with her brother Festus, who was a delivery driver, to pin the blame on Mr Antipow but Mr Onasanya admitted perverting the course of justice in what prosecutors believe was an attempt for him to get his sister off the charge.
However two days into the trial Ms Onasanya’s former communications manager was reading about the case and remembered how she had driven to their house alone on the night in question.