It has been a busy morning in court number four of the High Court of Glasgow, with three defence witnesses heard from. Before the witnesses were called Lord Bracadale, the presiding judge said to the ladies and gentlemen of the jury; "I have excused juror number eight from continuing to serve on the jury. I direct that the trial continues before the remaining 14 of you." Lord Bracadale added that "further directions will be given in due course. The court then moved on to witness testimony.
The first witness was Steve Arnott, Mr Arnott, the former Highlands organiser of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) has testified that there was no minute of the 9th November 2004 meeting (at which the Crown allege Mr Sheridan made admissions about visiting a sex club) presented to the executive at the 24th November meeting. The witness was also shown the alleged video of Mr Sheridan making admissions (the so called "McNeilage tape) and stated that in his view the voice on the tape is not that of the accused, at one point describing the swearing in the video as more like "Cartman from South Park" that Mr Sheridan.
The second witness testifying was James (Jim) Monahan. Mr Monahan has told the court he met Mr Sheridan at an event on the 27th September 2002 (the night the Crown claim Mr Sheridan visited the Cupids club in Manchester) at the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art, and had, along with a friend, spoken to him there. Mr Monahan was also shown a section of the "McNeilage tape" and also told the court that in his opinion it is not the accused whose voice is heard on the tape.
The third witness this morning is Ryan Sloan, a solicitor, who has been telling the court about a visit he made to Denmark to take a "precognition statement" from Crown witness Katrine Trolle, this testimony has begun but was interrupted when the court rose for lunch.
Full reports to follow.