POLICE CHIEFS AND UNION OFFICIALS PRAISE SHERIFF ALISDAIR MACFADYEN(January 22, 2007)
Police Chiefs & Union Officials praised Sheriff Alisdair MacFadyen for convicting Donald Ross, age 37 for maliciously lying about Police Constable MacIver, age 36, a married father of three.
Constable Calum Steele of the Scottish Police Federation based at Northern Constabulary Headquarters, Inverness, has now confessed that he cannot remember when he told the press agency who reported the story to the Press & Journal (page 7, Monday 22nd January 2007) whether or not he believed that this was an obvious and malicious complaint. He further admitted that he did not attend the trial, nor did his Deputy Chief Constable, Adam Garry Sutherland who is also quoted in the article as supporting the sentence given to Donald Ross.
Mr Donald Ross was defended by senior solicitor and defence agent David Hingston. However, he is not mentioned in the article. "There were six witnesses for the prosecution, four police officers and two civillians whereas Mr Donald Ross having been in the back of a police car and also in a police cell was unable to produce anyone to support his version of events", stated Mr Hingston.