Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Barbara Scott Re-examination
The next witness to appear was another recalled witness, Barbara Scott, the former minute secretary of the SSP and this first witness to appear in the trial. (an account of her initial testimony can be found Here and Here ) Mr Sheridan began by asking the witness when she had been advised that she was to be recalled to court. The witness said it was on or around the 11th October. He asked her if she had discussed her evidence with any other Crown witness since then to which she replied that there had been "general chit chat while they were waiting around (in the witness room) but not about her evidence. Mr Sheridan then asked Ms Scott if she had made any comments about other witnesses to which she replied no.
Mr Sheridan then asked Ms Scott if she had commented about witnesses on Facebook, specifically the Facebook page of Eddie Truman, press officer for the Scottish Socialist Party. The witness replied she could not remember and Mr Sheridan then asked for a brief adjournment.
When the court returned Mr Sheridan read a series of Facebook entries to Ms Scott puportedly written by her, Catriona Grant, Rosie Kane and Eddie Truman. These included an entry from Rosie Kane describing Mr Sheridan's supporters as "pillocks, tadgers and tossers" and Mr Sheridan himself as a "horror." A post was also read out from Ms Scott saying the treatment of Katrine Trolle was "nothing short of terrible abuse" and a post from Mr Truman, in relation to Ms Trolle's, which said "never forgive never forget." The witness agreed she had made these comments and was asked if her previous statement that she had not discussed witnesses in the case was either a "lie or a mistake?" She insisted that she did not lie.
Finally Mr Sheridan asked Ms Scott if she knew a Anne Edmonds. The witness stated that she was an older lady who had been in her SSP branch. Ms Scott added that they had fallen out after, she claimed, Anne Edmonds had told her that it was "her duty as a socialist to lie in court" Mr Sheridan put it to Ms Scott that she had made a very serious allegation to which the witness responded that it was "100% true." He then finished by asking Ms Scott if Duncan Rowan had left the SSP executive meeting before any votes had been taken. She agreed and with that Mr Sheridan ended his examination. As the Advocate Depute had no questions Lord Bracadale informed the witness she was free to go and Ms Scott stepped down from the witness stand.
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