Scotland

Sheridan perjury charges in full

  • 23 December 2010
  • From the section Scotland
Tommy and Gail Sheridan, after the guilty verdict
Image caption Gail Sheridan was acquitted of perjury on Friday

At the start of the perjury trial, Tommy Sheridan faced 18 allegations of perjury.

This was reduced to six by the end of the 12-week case.

On Thursday, Mr Sheridan was found guilty of five of the six allegations and was therefore convicted of perjury.

In coming to their verdict, the 14 members of the jury ruled that:

  • Sheridan told a meeting of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) executive committee on 9 November 2004 that he had visited Cupid's, a swingers' club in Manchester, in 1996 and 2002.
  • The politician previously told two SSP colleagues, Alan McCombes and Keith Baldassara, that he had attended a sex club in Manchester.
  • At the meeting, Sheridan did not deny visiting a swingers' club in Manchester.
  • Sheridan visited Cupid's on 27 September 2002 with a News of the World columnist, Anvar Khan; his brother-in-law Andrew McFarlane; a friend, Gary Clark; and a fellow SSP member, Katrine Trolle.
  • Sheridan had an adulterous sexual relationship with Ms Trolle.

The jury deleted a sixth allegation that Sheridan had lied about having a sexual relationship with Ms Khan.

Lord Bracadale told Sheridan that when he returns for sentencing on 26 January, he should expect to be given a prison sentence.