Charges against councillor dropped
Triton's Jason Roberts faced assault charges from last year
A municipal politician was cleared of assault charges in a Grand Falls-Windsor court on Monday afternoon.
Jason Roberts, who was the mayor of Triton at the time of the incident, was charged last year with assault and unlawfully being in a house in connection with a dispute between Roberts and his estranged wife.
Judge Robert Whiffen told the court there wasn't enough evidence to support the charges against Roberts.
Whiffen said he did not want to blame the police, but noted the RCMP had not taken any photos of the scene or interviewed independent witnesses, and had not spoken to Roberts himself before laying charges.
The judge said police acted entirely on the statement given by Bridget Roberts. Whiffen also found problems with her testimony on the stand.
Jason Roberts, who was elected to Triton council in last week's municipal election, said he was relieved to hear the judge's verdict.
"I feel really relieved this is over and the truth is out and it's done, and hopefully put to bed. I don't wanna see this anymore," Roberts said.
"I’m very proud. I'm proud of our people, that they had the confidence in me to give me the most votes in this election again. It gives you some self-confidence and, yes, I'm very emotional today."
The council in Triton has not yet chosen which of the elected councillors will serve as mayor.