The former MP was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday. The judge said: “You made your victims come to court. They told the truth, and you told a pack of lies – not only to the jury, but your wife, the whips and the police.”
In her sentencing remarks – following a 30-minute adjournment at Southwark Crown Court – Mrs Justice Whipple told former Mr Elphicke the first victim suffered a “terrifying episode”.
Of the two offences against the second victim, the judge said: “This was a campaign of harassment, it required planning to get her alone with you.”
Mr Elphicke confirmed through his spokesman upon sentencing that he is seeking to overturn the conviction.
A statement read: “Two weeks ago, my legal team sought leave to appeal my conviction to the Court of Appeal.
“That application is made on a number of grounds which demonstrate that my trial was unfair and my conviction unsafe.
“I know that I am innocent of any criminal wrongdoing and will continue to fight to clear my name.”
Mr Elphicke’s wife and successor as Dover MP, Natalie Elphicke, said: “I fully support Charlie in his appeal against both his convictions and today’s excessive sentence.
“The court seems to be on a bit of a mission, it entirely ignored the report of a highly experienced probation officer as well as sentencing guidelines.
“There is no doubt that Charlie behaved badly. However, everyone, Charlie included, has the right to a fair trial, and I don’t believe that he has had one.”
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