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Councillor sentencing delay

Sentencing of a former Penticton city councillor who pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault, won't be happening anytime soon.

Gary Leaman's case was adjourned on Wednesday to June 11 to receive a psychological assessment that is part of the pre-sentence report.

Leaman's defence lawyer Michael Welsh dealt with the matter. Leaman was not in court.

Leaman entered the guilty plea on Jan. 29 during an arraignment hearing.

In early March, Judge Meg Shaw decided in a Penticton courtroom that there would be no restrictions on the publication of Leaman's name.

The names of the complainants cannot be published, in accordance with an original order.

Leaman was a councillor from 2002 to 2005, ran unsuccessfully for the mayor's chair in 2008 and for the council in 2011.

He retired in October of last year from his job as manager of Cherry Lane Shopping Centre.






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