The first, and only witness heard from today was Matthrew McColl. Mr McColl told the court that he was "acquaintance" of Andrew McFarlane's and as such had attended his wedding in June 2002. Alex Prentice QC, The Advocate Depute, asked Mr McColl about the night before Mr McFarlane's wedding. The witness told the court he had met Tommy Sheridan, Andrew McFarlane and others at the Baby Grand (a Glasgow public house) before driving to the Moathouse hotel. The court was shown a diary, which Mr Prentice told the court was the 2002 diary of Tommy Sheridan which contained an entry "9pm Baby Grand-carry out" and "stay with Andy scrabble till 3pm."
Mr McColl then told the court that he had arranged to meet Jaqueline White at the hotel, describing Ms White as "someone he had known for a number of years." The witness also told the court that he had also met Beverley Dixon, who had flown up from Birmingham as "she fancied a night out in Glasgow." Mr McColl added that after three quarters of an hour or so in the bar he went to a suite in the hotel with Ms White and "her friends" Anne Colvin and Helen Allison. Mr McColl then stated then left the hotel room for half an hour, to retrieve his credit card, and that when he returned Tommy Sheridan, Andrew McFarlane and Beverley Dixon had joined the group in the suite.
Mr McColl was then shown a number of telephone records, to which he responded he did not know the numbers and "did not want to guess." He then told the court he had left the Moathouse hotel between 10.30pm and 11.00pm as he was on medication for a medical condition. Mr Prentice then asked the witness if he had testified in the 2006 libel case between Tommy Sheridan and the News of the World. Mr McColl called this a "double edged question" before telling the court that he had not been cited to appear and had spent the period of that trial at his "holiday home"
Finally Mr Prentice asked Mr McColl if he had "always said Mr Sheridan had been at the Moathouse hotel" the witness replied "no, I said he wasn't there to the police." Mr Prentice asked Mr McColl if he had "lied" to which Mr McColl answered that the police had "shown up at my door at half six in the morning, like they do with murderers" and that this had "annoyed him" and bothered his wife and children adding "it was not the first time they did it." Mr Prentice then asked the witness what was the truth, and he replied "he [Tommy Sheridan] was at the Moathouse" with that the Advocate Depute ended his evidence in chief and returned to his seat.
Paul McBride QC, representing Gail Sheridan, then rose to cross-examine Mr McColl. He asked if he was married in 2002 to which he replied "no, single" Mr McBride then asked if had any children, the witness again said no. Mr McBride then asked if the witness was sure of that answer to which Mr McColl responded that the question was "ridiculous" There then developed a problem with the court audio system and there was a brief break while this was repaired.
When court resumed Mr McBride put it to the witness that he had asked a "straight question, did he have a wife and child" to which Mr McColl replied "what did I tell you." Lord Bracadale, the presiding judge, then directed the witness to answer the question which he did with "no, no." Mr McBride then asked Mr McColl if he had attended Andrew McFarlane's wedding with anyone and if so who? The witness replied "I'm not prepared to give her name in court" as it could be reported by the press. Mr McBride stated that applied to everyone giving evidence and asked his question again, Mr McColl replied "you can ask me until you are blue in the face, I'm not prepared to change my answer." at this point Lord Bracadale asked the jury to leave.
When the jury returned Lord Bracadale told them that because of the position adopted by the witness there were steps he was required to take and therefore the case was adjourned until 10 am tomorrow. The court then rose for the day.