Catnapping: British MP's wife convicted of stealing kitten

30th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The wife of a British lawmaker was found guilty of burglary on Friday after being caught on CCTV stealing a kitten from the home of her husband's lover.

Christine Hemming, 53, had denied the charge, claiming she could not remember taking the four-month-old tabby cat named Beauty when she went to deliver her husband's post on September 29 last year.

The incident took place three days after she separated from John Hemming, a member of the Liberal Democrats, the junior partners in the British coalition government.

CCTV footage showed Christine Hemming crawling on her hands and knees underneath a window before sneaking into the property belonging to Emily Cox in Birimingham, central England.

After her conviction at Birmingham Crown Court, Christine Hemming was bailed to return for sentencing on October 28.

The kitten has never been found.

© 2011 AFP

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