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‘I was given sloppy kisses and touched by Alex Salmond,’ says witness at former first minister’s trial

A SENIOR Scottish government official said she ‘came to expect’ being touched inappropriately and receiving unwanted ‘sloppy’ kisses from Alex Salmond.

The witness, referred to as Woman A, claims Scotland’s former first minister, 65, sexually assaulted her in Glasgow during the summer of 2008.

One charge alleges he kissed her on the mouth and touched her buttocks and breast through her clothes on several occasions. She told the High Court in Edinburgh she did not know what would happen if she told the ‘most powerful man in the country’ to stop.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, she said: ‘I came to expect something like that to happen during my days with him during that time. There was no need to be that physically close.’

She said Salmond (pictured) would ‘move his hand on my back and move his hands so they were on the side of my chest or they were on my back’. The alleged touching incidents were said to have happened up to five times.

Jurors were told there were about ten times when he would put pressure on her shoulders so she could not move her lips away from his when he greeted her with kisses. Woman A described the kisses as ‘very sloppy, very unpleasant’.

Another official, who claims Salmond tried to rape her, has denied claims that she pulled his trousers down during a previous sexual encounter.

The witness, known as Woman H, says he tried to force himself on her at Bute House in June 2014, during the Scottish independence campaign.

Defence advocate Sheila McCall put it to her that she had a consensual sexual encounter with the politician in August 2013, after which she was ‘embarrassed’ and said: ‘I didn’t mean this to happen.’

She denied this and said Salmond had been ‘exhausted by his efforts to get me to sleep with him, that he was such a great lover that I kept saying “no” to’.

A third woman told the court she was left ‘gobsmacked’ after Salmond put his hand on her upper leg in the back of a government car.

Salmond denies 14 alleged offences against ten women between June 2008 and November 2014. The trial continues.