Councillor on indecency charge can still participate… but not in person
By Alan Tristram
When Kapiti District Councillor David Scott was charged with indecency and banned from KCDC premises, a vital question arose — what about his right to represent his constituents?
KIN followed this up with the KCDC and discovered the Council has come up with an historic first for the District, and perhaps NZ– Councillor Scott will be allowed to take part in all Kapiti District Council meetings, but only by remote control.
Cr Scott, it must be said, has not been proven guilty of the charge of indecent assault, which followed alleged bodily contact with a female Council officer during a crowded tea break early last month.
In its reply to KIN’s questions, the KCDC Corporate Services Group Manager, Wayne Maxwell,says the Council is working with Councillor David Scott to facilitate his remote work attendance at meetings of the full Council and Council committees.
Councillor Scott entered no plea to the charge — and he must appear in Court again next month.
He was in Court following an allegation he pressed himself against a female council staffer in front of the mayor at a tea break during a meeting at the Council headquarters in Paraparaumu on April 13.
Judge James Johnston granted bail on various conditions, including one which says Cr Scott is not to go inside the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) building, and must not associate with the complainant.
The conditions also say he is not to associate with the three witness, except within business hours for KCDC work; and then they must not discuss the case.
The judge reserved the right to make variations on the conditions in future.
Cr Scott was ordered to reside at a certain address and must reappear in court in June.