Funeral delays sexual assault trial involving Aberdeen’s former depute provost

Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Aberdeen Sheriff Court

A sexual assault trial involving Aberdeen’s former depute provost has been postponed due to a funeral.

Alan Donnelly, 64, has been accused of touching and kissing a man against his will and his trial was to start at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.

However, defence agent David Sutherland asked to adjourn so that he and others could attend the funeral of respected Aberdeen solicitor Les Green, which went ahead yesterday afternoon.

Mr Green, 64, had been in Glasgow for a gig on April 15 and fell ill back in his hotel room.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance and died a short time after.

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During yesterday’s hearing, Mr Sutherland said: “I have known Mr Green since 1983 and I would very much like to attend.”

Mr Sutherland also said the adjournment would leave more time to speak to witnesses and said hearing the trial over two days could be problematic.

The application was opposed by depute fiscal Lynne MacVicar on the grounds it might prejudice the prosecution.

However, Sheriff Ian Wallace said: “Having considered the reasons given by Mr Sutherland, I will grant the application to adjourn.

“I do have to concede it will take up the court’s time and create a cost to the court.”

Donnelly, of Deemount Gardens, Aberdeen, is the Conservative councillor for Torry and Ferryhill. He denies the accusation and will now stand trial on August 13.