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Chris Huhne And Vicky Pryce Arrive At Court For Sentencing

11/03/2013 13:37 GMT | Updated 11/03/2013 14:06 GMT

Disgraced former MP Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce have been greeted by hordes of photographers and TV cameras as they arrived at court to be sentenced.

They have both been warned to expect possible prison sentences for perverting the course of justice over speeding points a decade ago.

Reporters crammed into the courtroom as the former Energy Secretary took his seat behind his ex-wife.

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Chris Huhne arriving at court

Former Cabinet minister Huhne arrived at Southwark Crown Court with partner Carina Trimingham, who he left Pryce for in June 2010, while Pryce was presented with a red rose as she arrived.

Pryce was found guilty last week of perverting the course of justice by taking speeding points for then-husband Huhne in 2003.

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Vicky Pryce was found guilty of perverting the course of justice

The former energy secretary pleaded guilty on the first day of a planned joint trial last month, ending months of public denials.

Perverting the course of justice carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, with an average sentence of around 10 months.

Huhne is also facing a hefty legal bill after the CPS announced plans to recoup the costs of his "sustained challenges" against the prosecution.

The case has brought an end to Huhne's once-promising political career.

The offence dates back a decade to 2003 when Pryce took speeding points for her then-husband.