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Ex-councillor sentencing delayed

The sentencing for Gary Leaman is now set to take place on Sept. 12, after court proceedings on the matter went longer than expected on Monday.

Much of the afternoon period designated for the sentencing, was taken up with questioning of the forensic psychiatrist who did the pre- sentence report.

She told the Penticton court that findings from a test indicated that Leaman had narcissistic personality disorder, which includes a grandiose sense of self importance.

The line of questioning from defense, was designed to show inconsistencies in her report.

Leaman also briefly took the witness stand. There is, however, a publication ban on anything that would identify the victims.

Leaman pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault during an arraignment hearing Jan 29.

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

Leaman retired in 2013 from his job as manager at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre.


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