(2014) S.N.P. M.S.P Bill Walker -WIFE BEATER

DISGRACED former MSP Bill Walker is to be released from jail this week after serving only half of his 12-month sentence.

Last night the news was greeted with dismay by anti-domestic violence campaigners.

The wife-beating former SNP politician was jailed in September for violent assaults on three ex-wives and a stepdaughter over a 30-year period.

The 71-year-old, from Alloa, had denied 23 charges of assault and one breach of the peace but was found guilty of all charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. After serving six months, the former Dunfermline MSP is due for release from Dumfries Prison this week.

Opponents of the law, which sees prisoners serving under four years freed after half their term, said Walker’s release “exposes the nonsense” of the system.

At his trial, Sheriff Kathrine Mackie heard how Walker gave his first wife, Maureen Traquair, a black eye days before their wedding in 1967. His second wife, Anne Gruber, said Walker kicked and punched her and knocked her to the ground. And his third wife, Diana, testified that the politician repeatedly struck her.

Walker plans to appeal against his conviction and has a court hearing scheduled for April 17.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said: “This just exposes the nonsense of automatic early release.”

Graeme Pearson, a former senior police officer and now Scottish Labour’s Justice spokesman, said: “Many people will be disappointed Bill Walker has only served six months of a 12-month sentence.”

Read on:  http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/465264/Wife-beater-MSP-Bill-Walker-gets-early-release-from-prison








A LOVE-CHEAT councillor who assaulted his partner after she found out about his affair has been ordered to pay a total of £700.

Construction worker Ronald Ford, 55, was spotted by the woman standing in the street outside his home during the early hours of Sunday morning “with a female who had an unhealthy interest in him”.

When he came into the house, his partner followed him into the bedroom where he was sitting on the bed sending a text message.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told on Monday that she grabbed the mobile phone and read a message from a woman called Lee.

The message read: “How do you ever find time to work dealing with her in the morning and me in the afternoon?”

Prosecutor Graham Fraser said: “An argument ensued and she hit him twice. He punched her on the face, causing her to fall to the ground and kicked her on the legs. He stopped attacking her and went to bed, but there was a degree of tension in the house. The partner went to see her step-son and the police were phoned at 1.30am.”

Mr Fraser said the partner suffered swelling and redness to her face, but declined medical attention.

Ford appeared in the dock with a bandaged hand and a black eye, but this was attributed to an altercation with his son. The court was told that the couple’s 13-year relationship was now over and that she had suspected him in the past of being unfaithful.

Ford told police “there was a bit of a scuffle” and admitted showing too much interest in the other woman.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of domestic assault at their home in Market Place, Earlston, on Sunday after appearing from custody.

Ed Hulme, defending, said: “The background to this has come to light. There was a heated argument which became physical as he tried to get his phone back.”

First offender Ford – who is a member of Earlston Community Council – was fined £200 and ordered to pay his former partner £500 in compensation.

Read on:  http://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/local-headlines/councillor-punched-his-partner-during-affair-row-1-2391855