Ex-SNP Councillor Craig Melville finally appears in court

  • Alfie Baron
Ex-SNP Councillor Craig Melville was charged by police in April 2016. It was alleged that Mr Melville had sent offensive messages to a colleague, Nadia El-Nakla.

Court documents state that Melville faces a charge that, between November 13th and 15th, 2015 at Marlee Road, Dundee, he behaved in a threatening and abusive manner towards Nadia El-Nakla, who works as a parliamentary assistant and senior case officer for Health Secretary Shona Robison.

Prosecutors say he behaved in a way “likely to cause a reasonable person fear and alarm” by sending messages that “contained threatening, abusive and derogatory remarks regarding Muslims”.

It is understood that Mr Melville did not enter a plea and the next hearing is scheduled for July 2017.
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.