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Vicky Pryce trial - day five
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- Day five at Southwark Crown Court of Vicky Pryce trial
- Chris Huhne's ex is accused of taking his speeding points
- She denies perverting course of justice
- Huhne has previously admitted perverting the course of justice
- Comments disabled for legal reasons
Proceedings come to an end here at Southwark Crown Court with the defence speech due to continue from 10.45am tomorrow morning.
Pryce not only suffering from her own turmoil over marriage split but "had to cope with her family's grief and their upset and their devastation," Knowles tells jury of eight women and four men.
Pryce suffered "total humiliation" when it was revealed that Huhne had been cheating with Catrina Trimingham, the barrister says.
He adds that previously, Pryce had had her suspicions "deliberately dulled" when Huhne introduced Miss Trimingham as a lesbian.
Knowles reminding court how moments after Huhne revealed he had been cheating on Pryce, he appeared with a bag. When Pryce asked whether that meant he was leaving, the former MP simply said: "No I'm going to the gym, I always go to the gym on Saturday afternoon."
It is not very often that an ancient statutory defence is dusted off in current-day litigation, hence interest of lawyers in Pryce. #Huhne— @DavidAllenGreen 11 February 2013
Playing taped conversations between Huhne and Pryce out in court was a "window and insight" in to what she was going through with marriage break-up, Knowles says.
"People do not readily, when they don't have to, confess to crimes that they have committed," he tells the court.
Knowles denies crown claims that Pryce was "vindictive and manipulative"
"Those labels and not the appropriate labels," he tells jurors.
Jurors reminded how Sunday Times journalist described Pryce as a "broken woman" when the pair met in 2011.
Knowles: "Success does not make you immune from unhappiness. Success and intelligence do not make you invulnerable to pressure, it does not make you, it does not give you, armour from coercion at home."
Julian Knowles QC begins his closing speech by describing how he will show that Pryce is "so obviously not guilty of this offence".
Jurors have taken a break before defence barrister Julian Knowles QC begins his closing speech.
Crown to jury: "In the end you have to look hard at her and decide what kind of person she is and that exercise will probably tell you the answer."
Edis reminding jurors that Pryce told them of occasion in 1990 when Huhne persuaded her to have an abortion. Points out that on a second occasion, she decided on day of a planned abortion to change her mind.
He asks them to consider what evidence there is of Huhne bullying his wife over the last 25 years. "Well, there isn't any," he tells them.
Edis questioning Pryce's version of events over how the speeding points form came to be signed and sent to police.
He tells jurors Pryce as a witness had told them "barefaced lies".
Adds that Pryce is "not vulnerable but clever".
Edis describes Pryce as a "powerful, fortunate, clever, affluent woman who can support herself".
Jurors sitting once again after lunch break and prosecutor Andrew Edis QC is talking about how the speeding points story came to be in the newspapers.
Court breaks for lunch and jurors had been told to be back by 2pm.
Edis tells jurors Pryce was "determined to obstruct anybody from getting to the bottom of all this and finding out what really happened."
Vicky Pryce, wearing a black and white jacket and dark trousers, is sitting in the dock, listening and writing notes.
Crown describes as "nonsense" and "absurd" claims by Pryce that she saw Sunday Times journalist as a trusted "soul mate".
"Generally speaking when two powerful, clever, affluent people decide on a course of action you probably conclude that they do that with their eyes open."
He adds: "You are not talking about or trying a woman who is under the thumb. You are talking about someone who has had a brilliant career because throughout it she had made very good decisions."
"If she can not chose what she is doing, who on earth can."
"Is she the quivering jelly kind? No she is not. Is she the kind of person who can stand her ground and make her own choices? Yes she is."
Andrew Edis QC tells jurors: "The position is this. One of the most powerful, talented, intelligent and trusted women in the country wishes you to think that when she took some points for her husband in 2003 she had no real choice in doing so. It is the prosecution's function if they can to disprove that before she can be convicted."
His closing speech will begin after jurors are handed some additional papers for their bundles from both the defence and prosecution teams.
Mr Justice Sweeney has taken his seat and jurors are back in court. Andrew Edis QC is set to summarise his case for the prosecution this morning.
For a recap of the trial so far, please see the links below:
Proceedings are underway here at Southwark Crown Court, though for the moment legal discussions are taking place.
The jury was told last night that they would not be required in court three until 11am.