Before the first witness of the morning Alex Prentice QC for the Crown responded to a request by Lord Bracadale (presiding) made on Friday asking how long the prosecution thought it's case would last. Mr Prentice said his best estimate was another 3-4 weeks.
The first witness was then called, Elizabeth Quinn a 71 year old retired teacher. Ms Quinn owned the flat next door to Anvar Khan and when asked by the Advocate Depute described meeting Tommy Sheridan in that flat when, she claimed, he was in the company of Anvar Khan. Ms Quinn gave the date as the 11th August 2003, a date she recalled as a painter was due to decorate her flat the next day, as an entry in her diary appeared to confirm.
Ms Quinn told the court that she had came home and believing herself to be alone in the flat had fetched a ladder to remove some pictures from her wall in preparation for the painters arrival. The witness told the court that Mr Sheridan had came into the living room from the bedroom in the company of Anvar Khan (Ms Khan was staying with her as she was only visiting Glasgow for a few days and had rented out her flat next door) .Ms Quinn decribed herself as "stunned" by Mr Sheridan being in her flat an called his behaviour "stupid." The Advocate Depute then sat down and Mr Sheridan left the dock to begin his cross examination.
Mr Sheridan first asked the witness how the police had "got her name." Ms Quinn told the court that she had called them as she was "disgusted" by the result of the 2006 libel case (a result she had heard while living in California) when she returned home to Glasgow. She said she thought she had "salient" information to pass on. Mr Sheridan asked Ms Quinn if she had contacted Anvar Khan before going to the police to which the witness responded that she had sent her an email asking for a phone number for the police.
Mr Sheridan then asked the witness if she was close to Anvar Khan, to which the witness agreed they were good friends. Mr Sheridan asked if the witness was aware Ms Khan had undertaken Psychiatric counselling, to which Ms Quinn said she was aware Ms Khan had counselling but not that it was Psychiatric in nature. When asked if Ms Khan had told her about the alleged visit to Cupids Ms Quinn responded that she had and mentioned that "everyone was handed a bag of condoms" in the club. Mr Sheridan then produced a statement the witness had given to the police where she stated Ms Khan had told her "she had found the whole thing jind of boring and everyone drove back to Glasgow" Ms Quinn agreed she had said that.
Mr Sheridan then put to the witness more from her statement to police, including a passage where she had said she was "astonished" by the outcome of the 2006 trial and that she felt that "Anvar [Khan] had had a very hard time in court" She agreed she had said that. Mr Sheridan then read more from the Police statement where Ms Quinn had described the verdict in 2006 as a "OJ moment" a reference to the trial of OJ Simpson. Mr Sheridan put it to the witness that this was a "tasteless comment" to which the witness replied that she was living in California at the time and that Mr Sheridan's victory in the libel case had "felt a bit like that to me" Mr Sheridan said that unlike the OJ case "where an innocent woman was brutally murdered" there was no murder in his libel case. Ms Quinn said she had meant the phrase "in the sense the outcome of the trial was different to what was expected."
Mr Sheridan then returned to the witnesses earlier testimony and had her confirm that she remembered the date as the painter was due the next day. He asked her if she would be surprised to know that Anvar Khan had described the flat as "smelling of paint" in her testimony, and queried how that would be possible if the painter had not done the painting yet? He then concluded by putting it to the witness that she was here "to support her friend" and that Anvar Khan "had asked her to give evidence" this the witness described as an "insult" and she "had a mind of her own." Mr Sheridan then concluded his cross-examination and returned to the dock.
The Advocate depute then asked the witness if she had made any preparations for the painter arriving, to which the witness responded that she had bought the paint and "may have opened a can" Mr Prentice QC then out it to the witness that she had just been accused of perjury and asked how she felt about that. She said she was very unhappy and added that she would not normally have testified but felt "something should be done about it." With that Ms Quinn was allowed to leave the stand.