At 3.40 today the jury in the case of HM Advocate v Sheridan returned and gave their verdict. A hushed court heard the jury's spokesperson declare that by a majority, the verdict was one of guilty on the charge of perjury.
The Clark of the court then asked if their were any parts of the indictment the jury wished to delete. The court was told that the jury wished to remove the parts relating to Anvar Khan and one part of the charge that had stated that said that Mr Sheridan had a sexual relationship with Katrine Trolle, the section that she had visited his home in Paisley Road West. These parts of the charge are therefore not proved.
Lord Bracadale thanked the jury for their service and, due to the length of this trial excused them from jury duty for the next eight years. The court then heard from the Advocate Depute who informed the judge of Mr Sheridan's criminal record, which he said were mainly charges relating to "protest activities." Lord Bracadale then asked Mr Sheridan to rise and informed him that he would continue to grant Mr Sheridan bail but when he returned for sentencing, on the 26th of January 2011 Mr Sheridan should "expect to be sentenced to prison". The court then adjourned.
Full report to follow.