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Leaman given boat privileges upon release

A former Penticton councillor and mayoral candidate had his probation conditions amended prior to his November release.

The former Penticton city councillor and mayoral candidate that pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault in 2014 will be able to take his boat out after his release in November.

Conditions were amended for Gary Allan Leaman’s probation order at the Penticton Courthouse on Wednesday, including a change in curfew hours and an amendment allowing Leaman to use a boat launch.

The new wording in the probation order will allow Leaman to use a boat launch, which his defence counsel said are usually located in public parks or areas, which one of the conditions of his probation didn’t allow him to attend those areas.

“He has a boat and uses it a lot, so Crown’s agreeable to putting an exception in,” said Leaman’s defence counsel Michael Welsh.

Crown counsel Catherine Crockett told the Western News that Leaman will be back in court in November when he plans to make another application to alter probation conditions.

Leaman was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence in September 2014, and will be subject to a 27-month probation. His probation requires that he remain in B.C. except with permission from his probation officer and abide by a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. He was also placed on the national sex offender registry.