After section 3

Part of Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:00 pm on 6th March 2002.

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Photo of Phil Gallie Phil Gallie Conservative 3:00 pm, 6th March 2002

I will give way shortly. I recognise Maureen Macmillan's input to the bill.

I want to refer to other cases in which members might take an interest. Two policemen from Edinburgh were falsely accused and, according to Lord Prosser, were seriously damaged. The way in which the information came out probably ruined their careers.

Elaine Wyper from Kilmarnock was acknowledged to have falsely accused James Crawford and she eventually received 180 hours of community service. James Crawford received £500 from Elaine Wyper, but she had claimed £11,000 from the state for criminal injury. I have every sympathy with those who are abused—I believe that they should receive such support—but there is a disparity in that example.

Jim Fairlie, who is a member of the Scottish National Party, was unfairly labelled. Members of that party should recall his case and consider it.