Bill Walker MSP awaits abuse trial verdict

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an MSP on trial over domestic abuse charges must wait three weeks to discover his fate after a sheriff retired to consider her verdict.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was yesterday told that Bill Walker, 71, engaged in “systematic physical and emotional abuse” towards four women over a prolonged period of time.

Prosecutor Les Brown told the court that Walker had, at times, treated the allegations against him “with an air of dismissive arrogance” and was inconsistent in his evidence.

The independent MSP for Dunfermline, from Alloa, is accused of attacking three former wives and a step-daughter between 1967 and 1995.

He denies 23 charges of assault and one of breach of the peace. He has lodged special defences of self-defence in relation to three of the charges.

Solicitor advocate Gordon Martin, defending, said Walker should be acquitted, and pointed to issues which he said raised reasonable doubts about the Crown’s position.

Sheriff Katherine Mackie is expected to deliver her verdict when the case resumes on 
August 22.