An ex-Conservative MP who was jailed for sexual assault has revealed he’s unemployed and at present making a Common Credit score declare as he was hauled earlier than a courtroom over unpaid prices.
Charlie Elphicke, the previous Dover MP, was released from prison in September after serving half his two-year jail sentence for 3 sexual assaults on two youthful ladies.
The 50-year-old, who was branded a “sexual predator” by his sentencing judge, has now made an extra courtroom look over his non-payment of £35,000.
Elphicke had been ordered to pay the sum inside a 12 months in direction of the prices of the prosecution.
Showing at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Crown Court docket on Friday, the previous authorities whip – who’s at present on licence till subsequent 12 months – mentioned he had “very restricted money to fulfill my dwelling bills” attributable to his having to pay six months’ lease up entrance for a one-bedroom flat, valued on-line at almost £475,000, in Fulham, southwest London.
“I discover myself in a really tough and embarrassed place,” Elphicke instructed magistrates, who he urged to “give me time to the top of my sentence to get myself again on my ft”.
The courtroom heard Elphicke obtained £51,000 from the sale of his marital residence, however a lot of the cash has been used “in authorized charges and to pay lease”.
“I’ve made a declare for Common Credit score that’s at present being processed,” Elphicke mentioned. “They’ll come again to me on December 12 to ensure I will pay the lease in an ongoing method.”
He added: “I’ve no job, I’ve no profession, I’m long-term unemployed. I’m working with the job centre and my probation officer to discover a new profession.
“I’ve made a declare for Common Credit score. I’m separated from my spouse who has filed for divorce. I’ve needed to discover a new place to dwell.”
Barrister Ian Winter QC had instructed the courtroom his consumer had “a good bit of debt”, and that his estranged spouse, Natalie Elphicke, who changed him because the MP for Dover, loaned him £100,000 to pay for authorized payments.
Magistrates agreed to adjourn the case to 17 December, whereas Elphicke is ready for his advantages declare to be assessed, with a cost order anticipated to be made on the subsequent listening to.
Throughout his trial, jurors heard how Elphicke had requested certainly one of his victims about bondage and intercourse, then kissed her and groped her breast earlier than chasing her round his residence, chanting: “I am a naughty Tory.”
When he was sentenced, the choose mentioned Elphicke had used his “success and respectability as a canopy”.
Elphicke had “instructed a pack of lies – not solely to the jury, however your spouse, the whips and the police”, the sentencing choose added.
He had the Conservative Occasion whip suspended in 2017 when allegations of sexual assault first emerged, but it surely was controversially reinstated a 12 months later for an important confidence vote in then-prime minister Theresa Could.
The whip was withdrawn once more the next summer season when the Crown Prosecution Service introduced its resolution to cost Elphicke.