Alex Salmond’s wife turned up to support him today at a landmark sex assault trial where he is accused of 13 offences against nine women.

It is believed to be 82-year-old Moira Salmond’s first appearance at the High Court in Edinburgh, where the ex-SNP leader is denying all 13 allegations.

She listened as advocate Alex Prentice QC called the former First Minister a ‘sexual predator’ who ‘abused his power to satisfy his sexual desires with impunity’.

Mr Prentice thundered that Salmond’s ‘conduct over the span of the charges was intimidating, humiliating, degrading, and created an offensive environment’.

The lawyer excoriated his ’emerging pattern’ of ‘brazen’ and ‘abusive’ conduct, and praised the ‘courageous’ women who ‘spoke up to call out’ his alleged behaviour.

He told the court: ‘What I suggest is an ongoing course of conduct. There is a common theme here – that of a sexual predator with escalating gravity.

‘This is an emerging pattern here. Brazen conduct. He did it because he could.’It’s hard to complain when you rely upon your abuser for opportunities and career development and when you are fully aware of an abuser’s reach and control.’ Jurors also heard from one of Salmond’s witnesses – his former adviser – who claims he checked on the ‘welfare’ of a woman left alone with the politician.Salmond previously said a civil servant in the Scottish Government, known as Woman B, had ‘misremembered’ an incident in which he is accused of grabbing her and trying to kiss her following a meeting at Bute House in […]

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