Coun­cil­lor switches to jury trial

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JARED NICOLL

A Kapiti Coast district coun­cil­lor ac­cused of in­de­cent as­sault will go be­fore a jury af­ter ear­lier re­quest­ing a judge-alone trial.

David John Scott, 71, pleaded not guilty in June and re­quested a judge-alone trial on a charge of in­de­cent as­sault by press­ing him­self against a fe­male coun­cil worker.

He ap­peared be­fore Judge James John­ston in Porirua District Court on Tues­day, where his de­fence lawyer Mike An­tunovic elected a trial by jury. The Crown did not op­pose it.

Scott is al­leged to have pressed him­self against a fe­male coun­cil staffer, in front of the mayor on April 13.

Judge John­ston re­manded Scott on bail and set a date in Septem­ber for a jury trial call-over in Welling­ton District Court. Scott de­clined to com­ment out­side court.

Bail con­di­tions pre­vi­ously laid out in­cluded that Scott is not to be found within the Kapiti Coast District Coun­cil build­ing, and must not as­so­ciate with the com­plainant. He must also not as­so­ciate with the three wit­nesses, ex­cept within busi­ness hours for coun­cil work, and then they must not dis­cuss the case.

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