For­mer re­gional po­lice of­fi­cer’s trial post­poned un­til May

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

SYD­NEY — The trial of a for­mer Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice con­sta­ble on a count of sex­ual as­sault did not go ahead as sched­uled Wed­nes­day.

Nei­ther the Crown, Alonzo Wright, nor de­fence coun­sel, David Bright, were avail­able for the hear­ing and were rep­re­sented by other coun­sel in a Syd­ney court­room Wed­nes­day.

The par­ties will be back in court May 1 in Syd­ney for a hear­ing to set a trial date.

Ja­son Paul Doyle, 32, of Syd­ney, is al­leged to have com­mit­ted the of­fence be­tween Au­gust 2003 and Septem­ber 2004. He has pleaded not guilty. The name of the fe­male is pro­hib­ited from pub­li­ca­tion.

Last year, Doyle was found not guilty by a pro­vin­cial court judge on two counts of crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment against two young fe­males af­ter a four-day trial. The judge in the case ruled that while Doyle’s ac­tions were morally rep­re­hen­si­ble, the con­duct was not deemed crim­i­nal.

As a re­sult of an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and dis­ci­plinary hear­ing con­ducted un­der the Nova Sco­tia Po­lice Act, Doyle was fired from the re­gional po­lice ser­vice, but he has filed an ap­peal of his ter­mi­na­tion to the Nova Sco­tia Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice.

A hear­ing date for that ap­peal is ex­pected by this fall, af­ter Doyle’s crim­i­nal mat­ters are dealt with.

Doyle was an eight-year vet­eran of the force. He was sus­pended from the re­gional force in April 2008, and only the first 60 days of the sus­pen­sion were with pay.

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