Glasgow & West Scotland

Timeline: Sheridan trial week nine

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 3

Former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan, 46, is on trial accused of perjury.

His wife Gail, 46, also faced perjury charges which have now been dropped.

It is claimed Mr Sheridan lied in court so that he could successfully sue the News of the World in 2006.

The former MSP won £200,000 in damages after the newspaper printed allegations about his private life, claiming that he was an adulterer who had visited a swingers club.

Following a police investigation, Mr Sheridan was charged with perjury. He denies the allegations.

Here, is a summary of the ninth week of evidence.

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The court was closed on Monday 29 November because of a holiday. On Tuesday, the court was adjourned until Thursday because of a juror's illness.

DAY THIRTY-THREE (2 Dec)

As the prosecution closed their case against the former MSP, a number of charges against the couple were withdrawn.

In Mr Sheridan's case, the deleted subsections of the indictment related to an alleged conversation about a night of "madness" at a Glasgow hotel.

It had also been claimed Mr Sheridan attempted to convince SSP leader Colin Fox to commit perjury but this was removed from the indictment due to a lack of corroboration.

The Crown also withdrew an allegation that Mrs Sheridan lied when she said she saw her husband phoning directory inquiries and asking for the number of Cupid's health club, and that her aunt arrived in Scotland from the US on 14 June 2002.

The other allegation dropped was that Mrs Sheridan lied when she said she saw Katrine Trolle at the Scottish Socialist Party Conference in Perth in 2005.

The court heard evidence from police officers from Lothian and Borders force, who denied conducting a vendetta against the Sheridans.

Det Sgt Stuart Harkness told the High Court in Glasgow Mrs Sheridan's persistent silence and focus on a set of rosary beads during a police interview was a technique used by IRA terrorists.

Gail Sheridan 'used IRA tactic'

DAY THIRTY-FOUR (3 Dec)

Scottish Socialist Party colleagues of Tommy Sheridan were jealous of the publicity he received and thought he was "well above his station", a court had heard.

Former SSP press officer Hugh Kerr, 66, said success in the 2003 Holyrood election was followed by hate-filled conflict within the group.

Mr Kerr was the first witness called by Mr Sheridan as he defends himself against perjury charges.

Mr Kerr, a former Labour MEP who later helped launch the SSP, said he left his party role in March 2004 after members became hostile towards him.

He told the High Court in Glasgow: "There were always people who were envious of the amount of publicity you [Mr Sheridan] got, and as your press officer they associated me with you."

SSP members 'jealous' of Sheridan