Saturday, October 16, 2010
Rosie Kane's testimony Part 2
Mr Sheridan continued his cross examination after the intervention of the judge, Lord Bracadale (see Part 1 below) and began to question Ms Kane on her testimony regarding the key 9th November meeting of the Scottish Socialist party executive. Mr Sheridan reminded Ms Kane that she described him, to the Advocate Deputy, as holding a notepad in his lap, which she confirmed. Mr Sheridan asked why no other witness had described this, and when pressed Ms Kane said "I can only tell what is my truth." Mr Sheridan then asked how long he had spoken for, which she was again unsure of, and who spoke after him. He questioned her statement that she was shocked at the meeting as a bit "overdone" considering she had stated she had known about the allegations for a week or so.
Mr Sheridan continued to concentrate on Ms Kane's recall of the details of the 9/11 meeting asking if Keith Baldessara had mentioned the Moathouse hotel by name? if the word "orgy" had been used,? if she had heard any other serious allegations? and of the details of Carolyn Leckie's account of the Cupid clubs website. He accused her if having "holes in her account" To which Ms Kane drew the analogy of a "horrible accident where different things jump out to different people." Ms Kane was also asked about Duncan Rowan the former SSP regional organiser who also attended the meeting. She described his as hysterical and said he entered the room like a "Tasmanian Devil" She also revealed that she met Mr Rowan after the meeting, in, the Stanley Bar, where she was "trying to calm him down."
Questioning then moved on to the SSP executive meeting of the 24th November, a key meeting as it was here that the disputed 9/11 minute was supposedly approved. Ms Kane was shown a police statement from her in which she stated (Unlike all the previous Crown witnesses who have told the court that only one person objected) that there had been "vociferous" opposition to the minute and asked if it was accurate. Ms Kane questioned if she had actually used that particular word she agreed however there was disagreement from "several" people at the meeting.
Mr Sheridan then moved on to the political aspects of the case and asked about the United Left group of the SSP of which Ms Kane was a founding member. She said the reason for it's formation was "you were in a huff and taking everyone out" and that Mr Sheridan was "on the rampage through the party." The situation she said was "nasty and dirty" and said that we needed a safety net. Mr Sheridan asked if this group constituted a "party within a party" to which she replied that Mr Sheridan also had a party within the party and it was not unusual to have lots of groups in the SSP. Mr Sheridan remarked that there was always "infighting" in the left, to which Ms Kane agreed.
Mr Sheridan returned to the question of minutes. He asked Ms Kane if it was possible that the disputed minute had never been approved at the 24 Nov meeting. Ms Kane agreed that it was possible. When asked if she was sure it had been ratified she responded "Maybes aye-maybes no."
Finally she was then asked to read out the other purported minute of the meeting, which does not contain any reference to any admissions by Tommy Sheridan. she denied this was accurate. Mr Sheridan then put it to Ms Kane that she was "making it up" to which she replied "You're saying we made it up? we waited for a random story to say it was Tommy? jeezo I'd be like Derren Brown." she added that she thought Mr Sheridan was "starting to believe his own lies. Mr Sheridan responded to this by saying, "you love to throw dust in people's eyes."
Since it was 4pm and with the defence about to move on to a new line of questioning the court rose for the day. It will resume on Monday with Ms Kane facing further cross-examination from the defence.
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