Lawmaker's Wife Accused of Stealing His Lover's Kitten
An alleged cat-napping is the latest incident in an ongoing drama between British Parliament member John Hemming, his wife Christine, and his lover Emily Cox.
Last week, Mrs. Hemming was charged with burgling Cox's home and stealing a tabby kitten named Beauty.
She did not enter a plea and the case has been ordered to go to crown court.
However, Mrs. Hemming did admit after the hearing that she had been in the house and taken the cat. She said, "I knew she wasn't in. I just went there, bent down and picked up the cat and then I thought it was about time to leave the house and I took the cat but it was not the reason I went there. I'd like to make it up with the offer of another cat.
"It was only a young cat and a relationship had not developed that much. I'm prepared to buy a similar kitten."
Last Thursday, Mr. Hemming arrived at Cox's home with the daughter he fathered with her five years ago.
He said, "I'd just like the cat back. I've spent time looking for the kitten. Her brother, Twinkle, is pining for her."
Mr. Hemming had posted a picture of Beauty on his blog with a message saying, "If anyone has seen this kitten please contact me at the House of Commons. There's a reward for its return."
Mrs. Hemming was released on bail last Thursday on condition she does not contact Cox.
When Mrs. Hemming found out about the relationship in 2005, she stood by her millionaire husband and said that the six-year affair was "about number 26."
[Source: The Mirror]