Ex-de­pute provost de­nies sex­ual as­sault on waiter

Court: Sher­iff hears man work­ing at func­tion was ‘trem­bling and shak­ing’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KIRSTEN ROBERT­SON

A court has heard that the for­mer de­pute provost of Aberdeen left a man “trem­bling and shak­ing” fol­low­ing an al­leged sex­ual as­sault.

Alan Don­nelly is on trial at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court accused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a man work­ing at a func­tion in the city.

It is al­leged that, on Novem­ber 3 last year, the 65-year-old touched the man’s face, hair and body and kissed him on the face against his will.

The court heard yes­ter­day from the hall man­ager, who said the gath­er­ing was for the “top of the top” in the city.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence, the woman es­ti­mated that more than 100 peo­ple were in at­ten­dance and said a large amount of al­co­hol was con­sumed.

Fis­cal de­pute Lynne Macvi­cor asked what Alan Don­nelly’s al­leged vic­tim told her about the in­ci­dent for which he is on trial.

The man­ager said the waiter was “trem­bling and shak­ing” and felt “in­sulted” by the sit­u­a­tion.

She added: “He said he felt like he was sex­u­ally abused be­cause he was be­ing touched around his waist.

“He was kissed on the cheek and he was told he was too beau­ti­ful to work in this place.”

She said Don­nelly had handed his card to the man and ex­pected that he “would be grate­ful in re­turn”.

The hall man­ager passed the in­for­ma­tion on to a su­pe­rior.

She later ad­vised that guests went through around 120 bot­tles of wine dur­ing the evening, with an eight-course meal avail­able to guests com­ing with an op­tional re­fill of wine be­tween each course.

The hall man­ager added: “I know the accused was drink­ing be­cause he didn’t miss his turn at each course.

“He asked my staff to put a bot­tle of wine on the ta­ble but we couldn’t do that be­cause of pro­to­col. There was whisky and brandy with the cheese course.

“I know he had some of the liqueur as well.”

An­other mem­ber of staff said she wit­nessed the in­ci­dent as she be­gan to clean up af­ter the event and said it lasted just “sec­onds”.

And a guest said he saw

Don­nelly and the waiter speak for about “half a minute” be­fore the al­leged kiss.

When Don­nelly’s so­lic­i­tor David Suther­land asked how sure the guest was that he had seen the kiss, he said his mem­ory was “crys­tal clear”.

Mr Suther­land put it to all the wit­nesses that his client did not kiss the vic­tim at the event and that they were mis­taken. He sug­gested that the pair ac­tu­ally met the fol­low­ing weekataRe­mem­brance Sun­day event.

This was de­nied by the wit­nesses.

Don­nelly, of Deemount Gar­dens in Aberdeen, will ap­pear be­fore Sher­iff Ian Wal­lace again in De­cem­ber, when he will give ev­i­dence.

ACCUSED: Alan Don­nelly, seen leav­ing Aberdeen Sher­iff Court, is accused of touch­ing a man against his will at a func­tion in the city

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