Councillor switches to jury trial
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.