Kapiti Cr David Scott says he’ll be at tomorrow’s meeting — his 1st in three months
Kapiti Councillor David Scott, banned from KCDC premises since being charged with indecency more than three months ago, has told KIN he intends to turn up at a Council meeting tomorrow morning.
He’s been banned from the Council premises in Paraparaumu since appearing in Court in early May charged with indecently assaulting a woman Council worker during a tea break.
Cr Scott (71) denies the charge.
Strict bail conditions
Late last week, a Judge in the Wellington District Court varied Cr Scott’s bail conditions which he had got from https://connecticut-bailbonds.com so that he can attend Council meetings until his trial. But strict conditions still apply.
According to a report by Joel Maxwell in the DomPost, under Cr Scott’s new bail conditions he must not associate with the complainant, except at Council meetings. He must not sit alongside her.
He can reportedly arrive no more than 30 minutes before legitimate council meetings, and must leave within 15 minutes of the session ending.
The high-profile case is probably the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Among other things, it has forced a democratically-elected Councillor to absent himself from meetings adjuring a crucial part of the Council year; though the KCDC did compromise by offering ‘Skype’ participation. Cr Scott says this was not really helpful.
Tea break incident
The alleged incident occurred during a crowded tea beak during a Council meeting.
And Mayor K Gurunathan, who refuses to comment, is being called as a prosecution witness in the case.
Originally, David Scott chose a trial before a Judge only, because, he told KIN, he wanted to clear his name and resume his duties as quickly as possible.
Since then, his lawyer has asked for trial by Jury.
KIN understands this could take place as early as next month.