March 11 2014 Latest news:
by Stephen Moore
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Senior Haringey councillor Nilgun Canver has been convicted of perverting the course of justice by lying to police to cover for her joyriding son - but has been sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge.
"Your effort to pull the wool over [the policeman’s] eyes was short-lived and was doomed to fail."
After more than 11-and-a-half hours of deliberation, jurors returned a guilty verdict by a majority of 10-2, deciding that she had intentionally misled a police officer at the scene of a crash by claiming she was driving when her car crashed, to cover for her son.
Sentencing her this afternoon at Wood Green Crown Court, Judge Robert Morrison told told her she should have pleaded guilty when she had the chance at the start of the trial, adding: “Your effort to pull the wool over [the policeman’s] eyes was short-lived and was doomed to fail.”
He said he had “come to the conclusion that this was a short period of lunacy on your part,” adding: “Perhaps because you thought that you were doing something in the interests of your son, who had let you down.”
But he said that in these “wholly exceptional circumstances” he would sentence her to a 12-month conditional discharge, meaning she was free to go but her sentence could be reviewed if she comes before a court in the next year.
He added: “I don’t suppose a court will ever be seeing you again.”
Cllr Canver fought back tears as she was sentenced and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £15 victim surcharge.
The court heard she has run up debts of £35,000 as a result of losing her role as a cabinet member for Haringey Council, and fighting the case.
While she admitted lying to police by claiming she was driving, the case rested upon whether jurors believed her claim that it was a momentary slip, or the prosecution’s claim that she genuinely intended to divert police attention away from her uninsured son.