Kapiti councillor David Scott, facing indecent assault charge, to go before a jury

Kapiti Coast councillor David Scott faces a charge of indecent assault.
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Kapiti Coast councillor David Scott faces a charge of indecent assault.

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 instead elected for a trial by jury.

The Crown did not oppose.

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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 of 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.

The conditions also included not to associate with the three witness, except within business hours for council work, and then they must not discuss the case.

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