The following was posted on Facebook by Councillor Fuller who seems to be providing some clarity on a situation that has been subject to much speculation of late.
This was originally posted as a comment on Municipally (A)MUSING as well as Nanaimo Talk.
I will make this as perfectly clear as I can.
On February 27th Wendy Pratt ran at and hit Tracy Samra. it was uncalled for and was witnessed by myself and a number of other people. Some may/will say what provoked, in what context did it happen; that is not the point as assault should not be a resort; first, last or in between.
This was the result of escalating behaviour over time by Wendy, all witnessed, and as a couple of folk whom have worked with her previously have stated they too have seen such escalation and could see some such coming.
If this had been me or one of the other males that did this, especially to a female staff, we would be tarred and feathered by the community without a trial and except for the tarring and feathering I would say rightly so. Assault, Male/Male, Female/Female, Male Female should not be condoned.
I hope that what happens in this case is the special prosecutor offers a conditional discharge to Wendy after she pleads guilty; effectively meaning that after a set time period if no other things come up her record would be clean. These are used all the time for folk without a history of criminal behaviour.
Saying this in no way makes me a misogynist or anti feminist. I know the press will likely pick up on my comments but I will not make any other statement than I have here.
Reason For Delay?
Unless there was another event at city hall that resulted in a reported arrest with release on conditions it would seem the event referred to by Fuller and the reported event are one and the same.
If that is the case and it happened on Feb. 27 in the sight of several witnesses why does it take a month and a half to decide whether or not to lay charges? I understand the court system is burdened these days but a month and half to make this decision begs a few questions as to whether there is any political influence in how this decision is made? I would hope that all citizens would receive the same treatment under the law, whether we are elected officials or not and that gender would have no bearing on the outcome.