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Leaman moving closer to sentencing

Gary Leaman, 59, leaves provincial court in Penticton in January. - Western News file photo
Gary Leaman, 59, leaves provincial court in Penticton in January.
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The former Penticton city councillor who admitted to a pair of sexual assaults is  moving closer to learning his fate.

Gary Leaman, 59, should find out next week when he’ll be sentenced for the crimes to which he pleaded guilty in provincial court in Penticton in January.

The assaults occurred between 2009 and 2011, but other details of the offences are protected by a publication ban intended to shield the victims’ identities

Michael Welsh, the lawyer representing Leaman, appeared in court today to confirm a psychological report ordered in March had been completed.

The matter was set over until June 16, when Crown and defence will appear before a judge to determine how much court time will be required for sentencing, and to set a date for that hearing.

Leaman faces a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail on each of the two counts.

After serving one term as a Penticton city councillor from 2002 to 2005, Leaman was not re-elected and failed in two subsequent runs at municipal office.

Leaman retired in October 2013 from his long-time job as manager of the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre before charges were sworn in November.

He’s free on $750 bail. Among his release conditions were requirements that he surrender his passport and remain within B.C.

 

 

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