A senior Haringey councillor broke down in tears after she was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Councillor Nilgun Canver was accused of lying to police after her son crashed the family’s car in Tottenham in January, 2013.

A jury at Wood Green Crown Court today found her guilty by a majority of ten to two after more than a day of deliberation.

Before passing sentence, Judge Fraser Morrison said: “This was a short period of lunacy on your part and your good sense of judgement had parted from you.

“Perhaps you thought you were protecting your son but your attempts to pull the wool over the police officer’s eyes was short-lived and were doomed to fail, as you see now.”

Cllr Canver was sentenced to a conditional discharge of one year and was ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £15 victim surcharge.

More to follow.