Judge reserves ruling

the judge in the defamation case involving Stranraer curler Gail Munro has reserved his ruling after hearing three days of evidence at the Court of Session in Edinburgh last week.

Mrs Munro, 43, is seeking £50,000 damages from Derek Brown, 44, who was the national coach at the World Ladies Curling Championships in Vernon, Canada, in 2008, where Mrs Munro was skipping the Scottish team.

Mrs Munro was dropped from the team by Brown for “performance reasons” and this lead to friction in the Scottish camp. The coach then told the media Munro had refused to play for her country. Mrs Munro strenously denied the accusation. Mr Brown, who is contesting the case, told the court he had based his comments on information he received from a third party.

Lord Doherty said he would announce his decision in due course.