Wife beater Bill Walker freed from Jail

Disgraced former MSP Bill Walker leaves Dumfries Prison. Picture: PA
Disgraced former MSP Bill Walker leaves Dumfries Prison. Picture: PA
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Disgraced former MSP Bill Walker is expected to be freed from jail today, after serving half of his 12-month sentence for a catalogue of domestic abuse offences against three former wives and a step-daughter.

Disgraced former MSP Bill Walker has been freed from jail this morning, after serving half of his 12-month sentence for a catalogue of domestic abuse offences against three former wives and a step-daughter.

Walker was found guilty in August of 23 assaults and one breach of the peace that spanned decades.

The 71-year-old, who clung to his Dunfermline seat for 16 days after the verdict, was jailed for a year when he was sentenced in September at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Kathrine Mackie, who heard the two-week trial, said Walker had showed “contempt” for his victims as she imposed the maximum sentence available to the court.

The disgraced ex-politician was freed from Dumfries Prison earlier under automatic early release rules.