After a brief adjournment to allow Mr Sheridan to discuss legal matters with his solicitor regarding the witness, Mr Sheridan moved from the dock to the lectern and began his cross examination.
Mr Sheridan began by explaining that “I am going to suggest you are either confused, very confused, or you are lying, as I have never met you and have never been in Cupid's club. Do you understand?”, to which the witness confirmed she understood.
Mr Sheridan then stated that Ms Tucker had said in evidence that “you met me in 2003 to 2004”, to which Ms Tucker replied that that is when she thought it was. Mr Sheridan then asked if Ms Tucker had had a relationship with Ian Leiper, to which she replied “No, I stayed with him.”, to which Mr Sheridan confirmed with the witness “He was your flatmate”.
Mr Sheridan asked the witness about Tony and Louise Cumberbirch, to which Ms Tucker replied “I was more friends with Louise. I didn't hit it off with Tony due to his lack of respect for women”. Mr Sheridan then began to ask the witness if she knew whether Robbie knew Mr Sheridan, to which point the Advocate Depute objected on the grounds that, “yet again”, a witness was being asked to comment on another witness's opinion. The judge, Lord Bracadale upheld this objection.
Mr Sheridan resumed his questioning and had the witness confirm that her testimony was that Robbie and Mr Sheridan are not acquaintances. Ms Tucker added that Robbie had not been in Cupid's that night as they had argued before entering the club and Robbie had departed. Mr Sheridan then put it to Ms Tucker that she had told the police that she had seen Mr Sheridan standing in a corner in Cupid's, yet she had mentioned earlier that she had met Mr Sheridan outside the club. Ms Tucker responded that in her testimony “I hadn't got that far. I wasn't asked.” and that the first time she had seen Mr Sheridan was outside the club as when they were both about to enter and that Mr Sheridan was "going in to find his friends."
Mr Sheridan then moved on to how Ms Tucker had recognised him, and quoted her previous police statement when she had stated that she recognised Mr Sheridan because she knew his father. Ms Tucker added she had worked with Mr Sheridan Snr. In the "Corkerhill Project." Mr Sheridan then asked the witness if she would be surprised that his father had never lived in Corkerhill and had never worked in such a council project. The witness replied that she might have been confused, and Mr Sheridan responded that this was what he had suggested earlier.
Mr Sheridan then began to enquire whether the witness had ever been approached by News of the World, and at this point Ms Tucker asked permission to speak, and in the absence of any refusal stated “I didn't know anything about this case until the News of the World was on telly, then I was approached...”
Mr Sheridan then stated that the witness had spoken to Ian Leiper before the police spoke to her, and then the Advocate Depute objected on the grounds of hearsay, but Lord Bracadale allowed Mr Sheridan to continue.
Mr Sheridan then asked the witness how she could explain why Louise Cumberbirch couldn't identify the defendant, at which point the Advocate Depute again objected, and the judge sustained the objection.
Ms Tucker then told the court that she thought she had known the defendant's father, but if she was wrong she apologised to the defendant. Mr Sheridan then put it to the witness that she was confused, picked up his papers and returned to the dock.
Alex Prentice, Advocate Depute, then returned to the lectern and began to bring up the circumstances of the witness giving her police statement, at which point he was interrupted simultaneously by Lord Bracadale and an objection from Mr Sheridan, and agreed to not pursue this line of questioning..
Mr Prentice then stated that it had been put to the witness “that you were confused and tell lies”, to which she replied “I don't tell lies. I was confused about ... Mr ... his father.”
With that, Mr Prentice returned to his seat and Lord Bracadale thanked the witness and informed her she was free to go.