The jury will gather on Friday to consider its verdict on a Birmingham MP's wife accused of stealing a kitten from the home of her husband's lover.
Christine Hemming, 53, of Moseley, denies burgling the home of Emily Cox, claiming she cannot remember taking the four-month-old kitten, named Beauty, while attempting to deliver post to her husband, Yardley Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming.
Mrs Hemming was captured on CCTV as she left Ms Cox's home with the tabby cat under her left arm in September last year.
A jury of six men and six women at Birmingham Crown Court heard that Mrs Hemming was arrested almost three weeks after the alleged offence at Ms Cox's property, also in Moseley.
Jason Pegg, prosecuting, in his closing address told the jury it was not their role to judge the morality of the main people in the case who were involved in a “love triangle.”
Mr Pegg told the jury they might not have been expecting to try such an “unusual” case involving the theft of a cat, an MP, his wife and another woman in his life.
And he went on “This is a serious case. You are having to judge the evidence before you and decide whether the defendant entered Emily Cox’s home without permission to do so.
"You may perceive her as, perhaps, a woman scorned but in any event you are not having to judge morality in this case. It is not in dispute that the defendant is the person on that CCTV footage. That footage is, in itself, compelling evidence.”
Gerald Bermingham, defending, said that Hemming had been aware of the CCTV, did not intend to steal the kitten and that she was “miles away” when she picked the animal up.
Mrs Hemming had told the court that she has no recollection of taking the kitten, which has never been found, on September 29 last year.
The mother-of-three said: "I didn't know there was a cat in the property... and I tried my best to return the cat when it dawned on me that I had it."
During her evidence, Mrs Hemming conceded that the CCTV footage looked "terrible" but said she simply did not want any children in the house to see her as she took letters to the property.
"What I am saying is that at the time that I got to the door and I went in, it was just a blur," she said.
"I left holding a kitten - there is no doubt about that - but I have no recollection of picking the kitten up."
Summing up the case, Judge Elizabeth Fisher instructed the jurors to approach the evidence dispassionately in what they might consider to be "somewhat extraordinary" circumstances.
The jury deliberated for around 30 minutes without reaching a verdict and will resume its deliberations at 10.30am on Friday.