|Katrine Trolle outside Court, pic by AP|
Due to a family commitment I was unable to attend court this morning, I have spoken to some people who were there this morning and got their accounts, which I will collate and post later. If any readers were in court this morning I'd be grateful if they could share their impressions either in the comments below or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile here is a link to the BBC Report of this morning's events.
Court resumed after lunch and Mr Sheridan continued his cross examination of Katrine Trolle. He began by asking her about an email she sent to police, in 2007, which contains this paragraph; "I told the Lawyer I will not be good at the trial, he said he would think of something." Ms Trolle then confirmed that the Lawyer she referred to in the email was Kenneth Lang a lawyer acting on behalf of News International (owners of the News of the World) Mr Sheridan then asked if the police had ever discussed Mr Lang with her, she did not recall and if she still had the emails between her and Mr Lang to which she replied "no." Mr Sheridan then reminded the witness of her previous assertion that she wanted "nothing to do with the News of the World (NotW) to which she resplied that she drew a distinction between the newspaper and the Lawyers employed by them.
Mr Sheidan then asked "how on earth" a Lawyer from the NotW would know there was to be a trial when he himself had not even been charged with any offence until the 16th December 2007. The witness said she did not know. Mr Sheridan then asked if Grant (Grant Wilson a police officer Ms Trolle was in contact with in his capacity as an investigating officer in the case) had told her there would be a trial to which Ms Trolle replied he "may have done."
The witness was then asked if she agrees that if a multi-national corporation wanted to to give someone money that they could "disguise" that by, for example using a foreign bank account or "paying for trips"? to which she said they possibly could. She was also asked about being put up in a luxury hotel in Edinburgh by News International. The witness again denied she had ever been offered or taken any payment for her story. Mr Sheridan told that other crown witnesses had taken money from the NotW and there was a "pattern" The witness however again insisted she had not taken a "single penny."
Mr Sheridan then asked Ms Trolle if she recognised the name Ryan Sloane, to which she said she did not think she did. Mr Sheridan told the witness that Mr Sloan was a solicitor employed by his Lawyer Aamer Anwar and that he had visited her home in Elsinor in Denmark to take a statement from her in August 2009. She was asked if she had said to Mr Sloan that she didn't think she had a choice about going back to Glasgow to testify and agreed that he had not made any comment about this and moved on. Mr Sheridan then showed the court a letter, from the procurator fiscal informing Ryan Sloan that Katrine Trolle had contacted their office by email and complained that he had told her twice that "she did not have to attend the trial." Mr Sheridan pointed out to the witness that if this had been true it could have lead to serious charges of suborning a witness and contempt of court. When Mr Sheridan asked the witness if she now remembered the incident now she said she did.
Mr Sheridan informed the court that after an investigation it was decided to take no further action against Mr Sloan. He then put it to Ms Trolle that Mr Sloan was a "young solicitor whose career could have been ruined by your false accusation." He then said to Ms Trolle "you do not care who you hurt or who you destroy, and with that ended his examination and returned to the dock.
The advocate Depute, Alex Prentice QC, then briefly re-examined Ms Trolle. Ms Trolle told the court that she did not know her accusation against Mr Sloan was such a serious issue and that she had "just wanted to be kept informed." It was also suggested to her that Kenneth Lang's discussion of a "trial" could refer to the NotW's appeal against the verdict in the 2006 libel case, to which she agreed. He also asked her about photographs shown to her by the NoTW's lawyers, including one of a supposed eyewitness to Mr Sheridan being present at the Cupids club in Manchester. She said that she had, in her earlier testimony, described these people from memory and that she had only been shown photographs of these potential witnesses of which she "mostly remembered" one that showed the "caucasian woman on a fishing boat. This lady was further described, by Mr Prentice's as "not dressed" on the photo, a statement with which concurred.
Finally Mr Prentice asked again if Ms Trolle had recieved any money for her story, to which she repeated she had not. Mr Prentice also asked the witness about a recent long holday she had taken and how she had paid for it, to which she responded that she had funded it out of the sale of her house in Dundee. Ms Trolle was then allowed to step down from the witness box and the court adjourned until tomorrow morning,