Former regional police officer’s trial postponed until May
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.