Trial of Aberdeen councillor accused of kissing and touching man against his will to start next week

Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Aberdeen Sheriff Court

Aberdeen’s former depute provost is to stand trial next week accused of touching and kissing a man against his will.

Alan Donnelly, 64, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday accused of sexually assaulting a man at a function in the Holburn Street area of the city on November 3.

It alleged that Donnelly, a councillor for Torry and Ferryhill, touched the man’s face, hair and body on various occasions, and kissed him on the face.

At yesterday’s hearing, Donnelly maintained his not-guilty plea.

Solicitor Jennifer Pritchard asked for the trial to be put off to allow for him to contact six people who had been at the function.

However, Sheriff William Summers rejected that application.

It means the trial is to start on Monday.

Donnelly, of Deemount Gardens, Aberdeen, resigned as depute provost in January after he was charged.