When court resumed after the lunch break Mr Sheridan rose to address the court to inform the jury that he would not be giving evidence in his own defence but would be calling witnesses. He then called his second witness, Alan Brown, a civil servant at present "on secondment' and working on a full-time basis the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union. Mr Brown told the court he had been involved in politics since the mid 1980's and agreed he knew Mr Sheridan "very well" as they had attended numerous conferences, demonstrations and picket lines together. Mr Brown also confirmed he had been cited as a Crown witness in the present case, but had not been called on to give evidence. The witness agreed that he had expected to be giving evidence about events on the 5th November 2004 when he had attended a PCS rally in Glasgow, which was addressed by Mr Sheridan, and gave the court a brief outline of the events of that day.
Mr Sheridan then asked Mr Brown if he had been following the case as it had unfolded. The witness confirmed he had been as he had thought he was to be called as a witness. Mr Sheridan then inquired if there was any particular piece of evidence he had seen in press reports of the trial that caught his attention. Mr Brown confirmed there was and it related to events during the "September weekend" in 2002, the weekend the Crown alleges Mr Sheridan visited the Cupids club in Manchester.
Mr Brown told the court that he had arranged to meet Mr Sheridan on the Friday night of that weekend, to discuss what he called an attempted "coup in the union" He stated he had met Mr Sheridan outside the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow and around 9.30 pm and then Mr Sheridan had "given him a lift" to his home in Hamilton leaving his company at between 10.45 pm and 11 pm. Mr Brown said he did not know the date of the meeting but was "sure" it was the Friday of the September weekend as it was unusual for him to work during that holiday and that he was certain of the year due to the events taking place in his union at that time. Mr Sheridan then showed the witness an excerpt from the Scottish Socialist Voice of the 27th September 2002 which contained an advertisement for a "people's festival" with the Friday night event taking place in the CCA. Mr Sheridan asked the witness if "it was possible this is the event where you met me" Mr Brown confirmed it was.
Mr Sheridan then asked Mr Brown if he had told him where he was going after he left his company in Hamilton. The witness replied that Mr Sheridan had said something about going to the East End of Glasgow to the "pokie, or something like that." Mr Sheridan then produced his 2002 diary and had the witness examine the entry for the 27th of September. The court was then shown this portion of the diary which has an entry saying "SSP People's festival must attend" and further down the page "visit Cokie-yard" Mr Sheridan asked Mr Brown if he might have said "Cokie" rather than "pokie" when he had left his company in Hamilton. The witness agreed that this was possible.
Mr Sheridan ended by asking the witness if he was sure of his evidence, which Mr Brown said he was, and if he had told the truth to the jury, which the witness stated he had. With that Mr Sheridan ended his evidence in chief and the Advocate Depute rose to cross-examine the witness.
Mr Prentice began by putting it to Mr Brown that he had been involved in politics and trade union work for many years and therefore must have a lot of issues to deal with and lead a "busy lifestyle, a statement with which the witness agreed. Mr Prentice then put it to Mr Brown that 2002 must have been an "intense year" for him, and he must have attended "hundreds if not thousands of meetings" Mr Brown replied "not thousands but a lot" and added "People in Glasgow know the September weekend, it was a holiday and I remember that it was unusual to meet at that weekend" Mr Brown also said again he was sure of the year because of "events in the union." Mr Prentice then suggested to the witness that he might be wrong in his timing. Mr Brown replied "no, I'm absolutely sure it was that Friday." With that answer Mr Prentice ended his cross-examination and, as Mr Sheridan declined to re-examine, Mr Brown was allowed to step down from the witness stand.