MP found guilty of multiple domestic abuse charges

By Lenore Rice

Scottish MP Bill Walker has been found guilty of 23 charges of assault in respect of incidents of domestic abuse involving 3 former wives and a step-daughter.

The charges related to domestic abuse that took place between 1967 and 1995, and there was also a charge of breach of the peace. Mr Walker, aged 71, denied all of the charges, but was found guilty on all counts by the Edinburgh Sheriff Court. He will be sentenced next month.

Sheriff Kathrine Mackie said that the evidence showed Mr Walker to be "domineering, demeaning and belittling towards the three complainers, his former wives." She said this behaviour was unacceptable but not a criminal offence, and that his charges related to "criminal offences of assault on 23 occasions." The 23 incidents include punches to the face of his wives, and striking his step daughter repeatedly on the head with a saucepan.

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