Councillor apologises over leniency plea

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A LABOUR councillor who pleaded for leniency on behalf of a security boss convicted of savagely torturing a man has apologised – saying he had been unaware of the “level of violence” meted out.

Councillor David Walker, of Portobello/Craigmillar ward, caused outrage after requesting that long-time constituent John Lindsay – who he had known for 40 years – be spared jail following a horrific attack on a man who wandered into his home.

Judge Lord Turnbull said the councillor’s plea – written on city council notepaper – was “preposterous”.

But today Cllr Walker said in a statement: “I was asked to write a character reference for one of my constituents, 
someone I have known for more than 40 years.

“The letter was not addressed to anyone in particular, and was expressing my opinion about the character and nature of the constituent concerned. If my letter upset the judge then I am sincerely sorry and I will contact Lord Turnbull personally to express my apologies.”