Mr Prentice asked Mr Clark about his situation at the time. Mr Clark informed the court that his wife had "left him" on the 13th September that year, his birthday, and that he was "pretty hurt" and had "turned to alcohol." He was then asked about what type of car he owned at the time and he told the court it was a Citroen C5. He also identified a mobile phone number as belonging to him then, a fact he was sure of as he had the same number now.
Mr Prentice then asked the witness if he knew a Katrine Troll, which he responded that he did, and where he had met Ms Trolle. He said he had met her around two weeks after his birthday in his car. He stated that the car also contained Mr Sheridan, who was driving, Andy McFarlane and Anvar Khan. He stated he could not remember how the situation arose but that they travelled somewhere. The Crown then produced a series of telephone records that appeared to show that Mr Sheridan had phoned Mr Clark on 4 occasions on the 26th September 2002 and three times on the 27th of September (the day of the alleged visit) Mr Clark stated he had no memory of these calls.
Under further questioning he told the court that the car had arrived in Manchester and that they had ended up in a club. When asked how he knew it was a pub and not, say, a public house he described that there was pornography being shown on screens scattered about. When asked if there was anything unusual about the setup he said "well they were not showing Tom and Jerry on the TV's." Mr Clark was then shown a picture of the inside of the Cupids club that showed a pool table and asked if he could identify it. He responded that it was a pool table.
The witness was then asked how long the party was in the club, to which he replied he had no idea further stating that he was under the influence of anti-depressants at the time. Mr Clark said he ahd no recollection of visiting anywhere after the club and the next thing he remembered was waking up at his home in Glasgow. He stated he could not give a specific time for his return as he did not have "someone who delivered a paper at 7am or anything."
Mr Prentice then moved on to events around Tommy Sheridan's libel case against the News of the World (NotW) in 2006 and asked if Mr Clark had testified then, he said he had not and did not recall being asked to. He stated that after that case had ended he had been visited by the police "on many ocassions" and they had asked him about various nights he had spent in the company of Tommy Sheridan. He stated he had told them "virtually nothing" and had 'not disclosed much." He was than asked about a statement he made before a Sheriff (a Scottish magistrate) in Aril 2009 where he had not disclosed he had been at Cupids club with Mr Sheridan. Asked why not he said the situation was "totally embarrassing and I didn't want to bring shame on my family." He was also asked if he had even been approached by journalists from the NotW which he said he had. The witness stated that he had not given them any information and "definitely not" taken money from them. With this the prosecution ended their examination.
Mr Sheridan then rose to cross-examine the witness. Mr Sheridan opened by asking the witness if he had watched the Old Firm" (Celtic and Rangers) game yesterday, which he said he had. Mr Sheridan named various people who he said 'all used to watch the old firm together" with you and sked if they were "good honest folk" to which the witness agreed. Mr Sheridan then went over the witnesses mental state in September 02, which Mr Clark described as a "difficult time, a low point" he also agreed that he was drinking a bottle of vodka a day and put to him the Statement of a friend, a Mr Montgomery that he had needed to be taken to work every day and was drinking himself into a "coma" every day in this period. To this the witness agreed.
Mr Sheridan then turned to Mr Clark's police statements and put it to Mr Clark that some of his reponses suggested that the police were "suggesting things to him" and that these suggestions had "filled in spaces in his memory." He then asked Mr Clark if he knew that on the 27th September 02 Mr Sheridan had eyewitnesses that could show he was a political event in Glasgow and could not have been in Manchester. Mr Sheridan asked the witness if he "was in a position to contradict that" which he stated he was not. Mr Sheridan then sat down and after a brief rexamination of the witness by Mr Prentice in which the witness said he was sure he was in a car with Mr Sheridan and the others in Manchester he was allowed to stand down.