‘Tiny O’Toole’ found guilty, but will stay as councillor

The Kapiti councillor charged with indecent assault has been found guilty and vows to stay on in his job. The NZ Herald reports: Quote:

Defiant K?piti Coast district councillor David Scott is refusing to stand down from his position despite being found guilty of indecent assault against a female council staff member.

The 71-year-old said he had received more than 100 messages of support from ratepayers wanting him to remain at his post.

The jury at a trial at Wellington District Court took three and a half hours to reach the guilty verdict today.

The Crown had argued Scott pressed himself against a K?piti Coast District Council employee at a morning tea following a council meeting in April last year.

The female complainant rejected suggestions that what she felt pressing into her could have been a wallet, phone or insulin kit, rather than male genitalia.

She said what she felt was about four or five inches.

Under cross examination defence lawyer Mike Antunovic asked Scott’s GP to measure the length of Scott’s penis in a separate room. That measurement was suppressed.

Speaking to the Herald tonight, Scott said he would not attend a council meeting on Thursday but vowed to remain working as a councillor as he had not yet been convicted.

His lawyer asked that a conviction not be entered today and Judge Peter Hobbs agreed.

“I have never had a criminal conviction,” Scott told the Herald. “I had a speeding ticket 38 years ago.”

As he had been elected by the district’s 52,000 people he had no intention of stepping down.

“I will carry on.

“This is the worst thing that has happened in my life.” End quote.

This is precisely why we need recall provisions. It wouldn’t matter if he was defiant then; he’d be given the arse card by the voters.

It is a shame that John Key lacked the stones to bring in recall provisions, at least at local body level. It is unsatisfactory for voters to have to put up with a man found guilty of indecent assault; nor should council staff members have to do so.

The local government minister should investigate recall legislation immediately.