Geraldton mayor reappears in court

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City of Greater Geraldton mayor Shane Van Styn appeared briefly in court this morning when his case was again adjourned.

Mr Van Styn is alleged to have assaulted a patron while he was drinking at the Kalbarri Hotel on April 6.

He pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm at an earlier appearance and said he would vigorously defend the charge.

At today’s appearance, Mr Van Styn’s lawyer George Giudice requested the matter be adjourned for “a couple of weeks” to allow time to speak to the prosecution and make further enquiries.

Police prosecutor Sgt Carey Owen said there was a “99.9 per cent chance” the matter would go to trial.

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He said it would likely be a four-day trial, with witnesses, CCTV footage and expert evidence.

Magistrate Chris Miocevich remanded the case to November 4 and said he could then look at setting a trial date for early April.

Bail was extended to Mr Van Styn.

Mr Van Styn was re-elected for a second term as mayor of City of Greater Geraldton during Local Government elections at the weekend.

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