A former South Bruce Peninsula councillor has been cleared of an assault charge involving Deputy Mayor Jay Kirkland.
An 8-page report has been handed down by Ontario Court Justice Julia Morneau acquitting 68 year old Craig Gammie of Sauble Beach of the charge.
Gammie, along with his supporters, hugged and shook hands outside the courtroom after the decision was announced.
He says he was very pleased with the result but he says he expected an acquittal based on the evidence that had been presented during the trial.
Justice Morneau said Gammie, along with Jay Kirkland and Mayor Janice Jackson of South Bruce Peninsula all had differing versions of what happened at the town hall on September 5th, last year, when the alleged assault took place but stated "I cannot say that any of the witnesses were untruthful," but she says she considered an audio recording of the event to be the most reliable evidence, resulting in an acquittal.
Kirkland, who had brought the charge against Gammie, was not in Owen Sound court, October 4th, when the decision was rendered.
Gammie says he doesn't know what his next move will be but the ordeal has certaintly taken its toll.
He says, he lost his seat as a councillor in South Bruce Peninsula and he's been humiliated during the process.
In addition he's incurred "all kinds of court costs" and he says the stress on himself and his family, has been "incredible."
Gammie says he doesn't know what his next move will be until he talks to his legal team.
He believes there's lots he can do, but he may do nothing and return to his life.
However, he left the door open for running for office in the future but perhaps not municipally.
Mayor Janice Jackson was in the courtroom when the decision was given but she left immedately after the proceeding.