The last witness of the day was Jack Ferguson, a 26 year old student and a member of the SSP and a former organiser of it's youth wing the SSY. After taking the oath he told the court that he had spoken to Jock Penman at a SSP meeting after the 9th November executive. He stated that Mr Penman had told him that Mr Sheridan had admitted the allegations against him at that meeting and that is why he had been asked to resign. Alex Prentice QC, for the Crown, asked the witness if he was sure of that, Mr Ferguson said he was. With that Mr Prentice ended his evidence in chief and Mr Sheridan began his cross-examination.
Mr Sheridan began by informing the witness that he had a forensic report with him that showed that a message left on his telephone on the 3rd October 2006 had come from Mr Ferguson's phone. The witness agreed but said he was "not sure of the details" Mr Sheridan put it to the witness that the message had said "You dirty turncoat bastard" and that in the background a voice could be heard saying "I hope your mother dies of cancer" (Mrs Alice Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer that year) Mr Ferguson stated that he had not left the message, "would never do such a thing," and that he regretted that it had happened. Mr Sheridan put it to the witness that this showed a "horrible depth of hatred" To which Mr Ferguson replied "people didn't like you, then again you didn't like us....you abused us."
Mr Sheridan then brought into evidence an article from the Scottish Daily Mirror from August 2006. When this was mentioned the witness smiled and Mr Sheridan asked him he "thought this was funny." Mr Ferguson replied that yes he did "find this aspect quite funny." Mr Sheridan read out the story which claimed that at an Scottish Socialist Youth event, "Camp Secret Squirrel," an effigy of Mr Sheridan had been burned on a bonfire, "a scene straight out of the wicker man" according to the newspaper. Mr Ferguson told the court the event was "unimportant" and that they were having a "bit of a laugh" Mr Sheridan then put it to the witness that he was "there to lie for the SSP" and that "Jock Penman made no such remark." This the witness denied.
Mr Sheridan ended his cross-examination by saying "tell your associates that my mother is alive and kicking" a statement that Mr Prentice objected to as it was "not a question." Mr Sheridan then said "could you tell your associates that my mother is alive and kicking?" before adding "I hope your friends are happy about that." He then returned to the dock. Mr Prentice declined the opportunity of re-examination and the court ended for the day.
The case continues on Friday.