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Update on the action.

(Short version: they wis gagging fur it)


Alex Salmond believes women consented to sexual contact, jury hears
Former first minister accused of sexually assaulting 10 women denies all charges

Severin Carrell Scotland editor

Mon 9 Mar 2020 14.48 GMTLast modified on Mon 9 Mar 2020 15.06 GMT



Alex Salmond believed three of the women who accuse him of sexual assault and intent to rape had consented to sexual contact, the jury at his trial has heard.

The former first minister, 65, from Strichen, Aberdeenshire, has appeared at the high court in Edinburgh accused of sexually assaulting 10 women over a seven-year period between 2008 and 2014 and has denied all the charges.

The 15 jurors, made up of nine women and six men, were told the former Scottish National party leader had been charged with one count of attempted rape, one of intent to rape, 10 of sexual assault – some of which allegedly occurred numerous times – and two of indecent assault.

The jury was told Salmond believed three of the women consented to sexual contact in four of the alleged assaults, including a charge of intent to rape. In relation to one of the charges, the jury heard Salmond had an alibi because he denies being at the location where he was alleged to have sexually assaulted one woman.


Lady Dorrian, the trial judge and lord justice clerk, Scotland’s second most senior judge, told members of the jury they should consider withdrawing if they had very strong positive or negative views about Salmond that would prevent them being impartial.

“As you will realise, the accused is a very well known public figure and the case has attracted a great deal of publicity. It follows that the injunction, indeed the requirement, is that any verdict must be in accordance with the evidence in this case is of particular significance,” Dorrian said.


Nine of the charges relate to a number of alleged assaults on eight women at Bute House, the official residence for Scotland’s first minister in Edinburgh’s Georgian new town, including the attempted rape and intent to rape. One of the alleged offences is said to have taken place at Bute House eight days before the 2014 independence referendum.

The attempted rape charge accuses Salmond, who was first minister between 2007 and 2014, of allegedly blocking the path of a woman in a bedroom at Bute House, removing her clothing and his clothes, touching her breasts and pushing her on to a bed where it is alleged that he tried to rape her in June 2013.


In the intent to rape charge alleged to have taken place in December 2013, he is accused of lying on top of a woman on a bed at Bute House, touching her breasts and bottom, and pulling up her dress with the intention of raping her.

The other charges involve alleged assaults at various locations including in Baillieston, Glasgow, in 2008; a nightclub in central Edinburgh in 2010 or 2011; a car travelling from Holyrood Road to Waverley station in Edinburgh in 2011; at the Scottish parliament at various times between 2011 and 2013; at Stirling Castle in November 2014; and the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant in the west end of Glasgow in 2012.

With the exception of the two indecent assault charges, 12 of the charges are offences under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 and carry a potential sentence of life imprisonment and fines.

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6 minutes ago, compo said:

Has all the makings of a not proven case 

He's up on charges involving alleged assault and worse on  ten (10) women.

I'm no lawyer but will be surprised if he gets Not Proven across that board. 

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