After the showing of the "McNeilage Tape," Alex Prentice QC, the Advocate Depute, suggested to the "ladies and gentlemen of the jury" that they should "reject the proposition" that the "McNeilage tape" (see report below) was concocted by the News of the World stating that if that this was true it was "pretty poor." The Advocate Depute then suggested that as well on the voice on the tape that the jury "consider the content," and additionally ask themselve's "why the tape is so long." Mr Prentice stated that the jury should consider that if a "concocted" tape was required why one was not produced that "showed a short event" as anything other than that risked "exposing the conspiracy." He also queried why Bob Bird, the Scottish editor of the News of the World, would give details, "including the details of his boxer shorts" unless he was giving a true account, and asked why, if Mr Baldessara and Mr McCombes knew that Mr Sheridan did not swear, did they include swearing in any script for the tape.
Mr Prentice mentioned the evidence of Susan Dobbie and the miniature bottles of wine, stating that this may seem small and insignificant by itself, but that the jury should "bear in mind the link to an airline".
The Advocate Depute then turned to the matter of "phone hacking" that had been raised in the case, suggesting it was irrelevant to the charge. He reminded the jury of the testimony of Detective Chief Superintendent Williams who had told them that there "was no evidence" that Mr Sheridan's voicemail had been accessed illegally. Mr Prentice went on to suggest that there was no information contained in the McNeilage tape that had been gathered from any alleged illegal voicemail access, that there was no evidence of phone or voicemail interception, and in particular, there was no evidence of what could be gained by this.
Mr Prentice also took issue with the suggestion that the Lothian and Borders Police inquiry into had been "biased", while the jury might consider the actions of Officer Grant ill-advised, the Advocate Depute invited the jury to "reject that" suggestion of bias.
Mr Prentice concluded by asking the jury to wonder why Barbara Scott took the minutes to the police, and that they should conclude that Mr Sheridan did commit perjury in the 2006 trial, that they should "convict Tommy Sheridan on the charge of perjury" and asked them "when they are in the jury room" they should "think about the testimony of Barbara Scott". The Advocate depute then ended his summing up and court was adjourned.