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Judge jails disgraced former Tory MP Elphicke for two years on sexual assault charges

FORMER Dover Tory MP Charlie Elphicke was described by a judge as a “sexual predator” who “told a pack of lies” as he was jailed today for two years for sexually assaulting two women nearly a decade apart.

Mrs Justice Whipple sentenced the disgraced 49-year-old father-of-two to an immediate prison term for three counts of sexual assault after a month-long trial which heard that trained lawyer Mr Elphicke had lied to police, senior Tories, and his wife.

Sentencing him at Southwark Crown Court today, the judge said: “You’re a sexual predator who used your success and respectability as a cover.

“You required both women to come to court and give evidence about the assaults you had made on them. That was not easy for them and they displayed great courage.

She said “the gross breach of your position of power” meant an immediate custody sentence was required. He was also ordered to pay £35,000 in costs.

In a statement, the brazen Mr Elphicke said he would appeal against the conviction.

Prosecutor Eloise Marshall QC previously described Mr Elphicke as “an accomplished liar” and said witness testimonies from the complainants were “almost identical” to each other, despite being from two women who did not know each other.

The court heard how the first offence took place when Mr Elphicke invited a woman in her early 30s to share a drink with him while his children were asleep and his wife was away in the summer of 2007.

The woman said Elphicke asked her about bondage and sex, then kissed her and groped her breast before chasing her around his home.

She told jurors: “He was saying really bizarre things that are embarrassing, like: ‘I’m a naughty Tory.’

“He was trying to grope me and trying to grab my bum.”

The second complainant said Mr Elphicke also tried to kiss her and then groped her when they met for a drink in Westminster in April 2016.

The victim said: “He had his mouth open, continually trying to kiss me.

“It was like a disgusting, slobbery mess.”

She said she spurned Mr Elphicke’s sexual advances, telling jurors she was physically repulsed by him. She said he assaulted her again the following month when he ran his hand up her thigh towards her groin.

Mr Elphicke had the party whip suspended in 2017 when allegations of sexual assault first emerged, but it was controversially reinstated a year later for a crucial confidence vote in then-prime minister Theresa May, then withdrawn again when the Crown Prosecution Service announced its decision to charge him.

Last month, police arrested an unnamed Conservative former minister on suspicion of rape. He was released on bail until November.

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