So let me just get this right, expenses crook Margaret Moran is too mentally ill to stand trial but was sane enough to serve as an MP?

November 13, 2012

Harsh I know (and who really knows what’s going on here save her specialist?) but it does seems weird that Margaret Moran fiddled her expenses to the tune of £60K is too crazy to face a jury but this didn’t rule her out of representing the good people of South Luton.

Just to fill you in:

“Former Labour MP Margaret Moran falsely claimed £60,000 in the biggest case of Commons expenses fiddling, a jury ruled today.
But the 57-year-old will escape jail after being found unfit to stand trial on mental grounds.

From 2004 to 2008 the former MP for Luton South submitted claims for broken boilers and phone lines which did not exist. One claim was almost her entire annual allowance.

The claims were worth almost £60,000, and she received more than £53,000.

Moran became one of the most high profile casualties of the MPs’ expenses scandal after it emerged she claimed £22,500 to remove dry rot on a property in Southampton – neither in her constituency or near Parliament.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court in London were unable to return a guilty verdict after it was ruled that Moran, of Ivy Road, St Denys, Southampton, was found unfit to stand trial due to mental health issues, which meant proceedings took place in her absence.”

According to the BBC she couldn’t face the trial because she was a ‘broken woman’. And while I sympathise, doesn’t becoming a broken woman kinda go with the territory of being rumbled as a massive expenses swindler?

If all criminals said they were too upset to stand trial we’d be in something of a pickle no?

Or am I getting a bit Daily Mail?


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