Councillor fined for seeking prostitute in Glasgow

Picture: Ian Georgeson
Picture: Ian Georgeson
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A COUNCILLOR has been convicted of looking for a prostitute in Glasgow’s red light district.

Bill Holman, 65, of the SNP, was spotted three times by police in Glasgow, between 11:35pm on 20 December and 12:13am the following morning.

When questioned about where he had been earlier that evening Holman claimed he had travelled from the West End where he had no phone signal, to check texts and email.

Holman, from Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, denied looking for a prostitute when he stood trial at Glasgow’s Justice of the Peace Court yesterday, but his defence was not believed and he was fined £250.

The court heard from PC Claire McKenzie, who works with women trying to escape prostitution in the city. She and her colleague were patrolling the red light area in Oswald Street and Argyle Street when they saw Holman’s car.

She said she saw the councillor looking around “quite vigorously”.

Procurator-fiscal Derek Buchanan said: “To be blunt, the true explanation is you were cruising round that area looking for a prostitute.”