Search

Nilgun Canver found guilty of bid to pervert course of justice

PUBLISHED: 14:52 30 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:53 31 January 2014

On trial: Cllr Nilgun Canver

On trial: Cllr Nilgun Canver

Archant

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."

Judge Robert Morrison

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.

Related articles

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

18:04

A woman is in hospital following a collision on a busy high street.

15:37

It’s not every day shoppers spy Hollywood A-listers racing out of their supermarkets with panic etched across their faces.

14:59

A man has been found guilty of robbing an 87-year-old artist who was left fighting for her life after the attack in her Camden home.

14:51

A family has paid tribute to a “kind and gentle man” who has died after his clothes mysteriously caught alight while he was out for an afternoon walk.

14:14

An amateur photographer from Haringey is in the running to win a photography competition.

13:36

Haringey is “guaranteed” one 24 hour police station under proposals which could see the service’s Hornsey base close.

12:51

A 19 year old from Camden has spent 12 weeks volunteering in one of the poorest communities in Nicaragua.

10:22

Residents’ views are being sought on how to improve green spaces in places threatened by the high speed two rail development.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Japanese baby and children’s clothing company Familiar is making their first venture into Europe with a pop up event in Hampstead

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now