AN MSP leapt into his former wife’s home brandishing an airgun, a court has heard.
Bill Walker’s second wife, Anne Gruber, said she got “the fright of her life” when he turned up uninvited with the weapon.
She said she had been out for a birthday meal with another man that day.
Walker, 71, is on trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with a string of attacks against Mrs Gruber and three other women.
The independent member for Dunfermline denies 23 assaults over a 28-year period, as well as a charge of breaching the peace with an air rifle.
Mrs Gruber, also 71, told the court she moved with her children to an address in Liberton, Edinburgh, in 1978 after the couple separated.
She said she was sitting in the living room chatting to her friend when her dog began behaving strangely at the window.
“I opened the French window,” she said.
“Mr Walker jumped in with an airgun, which I recognised as a gun he used to use for shooting the pigeons.
“I got the fright of my life.”
Mrs Gruber told fiscal depute Les Brown she could not remember her ex-husband saying anything.
“I just ran to the phone and phoned the police and he disappeared and so did my friend.
“He must have climbed over the fence to actually get to where he was.”
She told the court that Walker threw an empty wine bottle at her on one occasion at the address.
“He has a very quick temper and some minor thing would trigger off great anger and violence,” she said.
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