Thomson’s lead role in torture case

A FORMER procurator fiscal for Selkirk will lead the prosecution in the trial of four men accused of abducting, torturing and murdering a missing woman, writes Kenny Paterson.

Now Scotland’s second most senior legal officer, Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC, pictured, will appear for the Crown in the Lynda Spence case. It is rare for either the Solicitor General or Ms Thomson’s superior, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC, to lead the prosecution in a Scottish court case.

David Parker, 37, Paul Smith, 46, Philip Wade, 41, and Colin Coats, 41, deny murdering Ms Spence after allegedly abducting her from Glasgow last year, and torturing her at a West Kilbride house for two weeks.

Her body has never been found.

Ms Thomson was given her current role by First Minister Alex Salmond last May, when Mr Mulholland was promoted from Solicitor General to Lord Advocate.

Born and brought up in Glasgow, she prosecuted at courts in Selkirk and Peebles from 2000 to 2002 before being appointed to head the Criminal Confiscation Unit.

Three years later, she took over as district procurator fiscal for Edinburgh and Haddington, becoming interim area procurator fiscal for Lothian and Borders in May 2007.

An avid Melrose Rugby Club fan, she was previously assistant secretary at the Greenyards.