Well, he could hardly have expected to get off after virtually confessing live on Channel 4, now could he? From the BBC:
Ex-Labour MP Jim Devine has been jailed for 16 months for fraudulently claiming £8,385 in expenses.He's not as nice as he looks, you know. He made up stories about his former office manager, Marion Kinley, to justify firing her, and she was awarded £35,000 damages by a tribunal for unfair dismissal. He couldn't pay, and was declared bankrupt last month, so she never received a penny. Even during his trial (and presumably under oath) he claimed that she forged his signature to pay herself more than £5000, although his legal team now admit that this was false.
Devine was last month found guilty of using false invoices for cleaning and printing work.
Sixteen months sounds about right - until you read this:
Devine's lawyer said he would probably serve eight months - but could get out in four with good behaviour.I know I've said this before, but why was he sentenced to 16 months if he will automatically get out in 8? And why do the defence team think that it will be halved again? Sentencing in this case, as in all the other cases I read about, is a nonsense. Of course, there's the sympathy whinge:
In mitigation, Devine's lawyer said the fraud had been "entirely out of character" and prison would "bear heavily on him" as he suffers high blood pressure and has lost his reputation as well as his 30-year political career.Good.
He's been sentenced to prison, which is the least we could hope for. And good riddance to a nasty, dishonest bully.