Today's events (see posts below) will have a major impact on the course of the trial.
The original Indictment against the Sheridans can be found Here, the first sections that have been deleted are those charging that Tommy Sheridan had committed perjury by stating at the 2006 libel trial that there was "no event" at the Moathouse hotel in June 2002, and that he had also committed perjury when he stated that Anne Colvin and Helen Allison had lied about seeing him and Andrew Mcfarlane there
The second section that has been deleted is part of the Indictment against Gail Sheridan. This charged that Mrs Sheridan had committed perjury when she told the jury in the 2006 civil case that she had been with her husband and Andrew McFarlane between 10am on the 14th June 2002 and 1am on the 15th June, the night of the alleged visit to the Moathouse.
These deletions mean these charges are, in Lord Bracadale's words to the jury, "no longer before you" and no further evidence will be presented. We will therefore not be hearing from Anne Colvin, Helen Allison, Beverley Dixon or any other witnesses the Crown planned to call in regard to the Moathouse. The Advocate Depute also indicated that this change would influence the length of the trial, presumably making it more probable that it will be concluded earlier than expected.