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‘Mr Abie’ banned from being a company director

A former Scottish radio star and his wife have been barred from holding company directorships for a combined nine years just months after their two sons were jailed for killing her lover.

Robert Abraham was the comedian behind the Mr Abie hit Saturday lunchtime show on Radio Clyde in the 1980s. He received a six-year ban from the Court of Session for operating as a director of his home-help company while bankrupt and failing to pay £62,980 in taxes.

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His wife Jennifer, a former Tennent’s “Lager Lovely”, who was also a director of the company, was barred for three years.

The couple’s sons, Christopher and Robert Abraham Jnr, were jailed for 10 years each in June. They pleaded guilty to culpable homicide after battering, kicking and slashing David Linning, 65, until he choked to death on his own blood.

Jennifer had met Linning at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting but he had turned her out of his house because he couldn’t handle her drinking. Her sons had confronted him after misunderstanding a text message that had seemed to suggest Linning had attacked her when she had gone back to his house in East Kilbride to collect her things. She had said in the message that she had a “sore face”, but it had been the result of falling over in the street.

She then reportedly reunited with Robert in August, two months before their sons’ appeal for a more lenient sentence was rejected. Judge Lady Stacey ruled that they could not apply for parole until 2014 and that the earliest possible release date would be 2016.

The disqualifications relate to Quality Care (Scotland), the Abrahams’ care company that was liquidated two years ago. Robert Abraham did not keep the company’s taxes up to date for its last couple of years of existence. This was despite paying himself £159,448 in wages between April 2006 and July 2008 and paying a further £364,024 to his staff. Jennifer Abraham received £3950 over the same period.

In the court petition brought by Vince Cable, the UK Business Secretary, it said of Abraham that he “acted as a director of the company at a time when he was an undischarged bankrupt [and]... failed to ensure that the Company complied with its statutory obligations to submit the necessary returns to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs.”

The Abrahams, who could not be reached by the Sunday Herald, were said to be “unfit” to run companies for the periods concerned. Although the court had been unable to trace their whereabouts, they were both ordered to pay the outstanding taxes and court expenses.

Law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, which brought the petition on behalf of the Business Secretary, declined to comment.

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