Councillor vows to stay on
A Whanganui district councillor charged with cannabis possession is vowing to stay in office despite indicating he will plead guilty.
Jack Thomas Bullock, 23, appeared before a registrar in the Whanganui District Court today, and was remanded on bail to reappear in January.
Bullock did not plead today, but indicated through lawyer Peter Brosnahan that he would plead guilty.
Police are considering diversion, which requires a defendant to admit their offending. Bullock was arrested as part of a Whanganui police drugs raid on November 22, and was charged with possession of cannabis after police arrived at his home with a search warrant.
After the appearance today, Bullock said it "couldn't have gone better", and the fact police were considering giving him diversion "reflects how minor the charge is".
He had to undergo drugs and alcohol counselling before diversion would be granted, he said.
Bullock said he had not spoken to Mayor Annette Main about his position on council, but said that if he completed diversion there would be no charge or conviction to consider and she "doesn't have any say anyway".
Bullock said he would not resign, saying his track record of the past six or seven years "far outweighed" the charge, and he was "still the same person".
If diversion was completed, Bullock's charge will be withdrawn.