Former Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard has assault court case adjourned

Troy Pickard.
Troy Pickard.

FORMER Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard will have to wait another six months to have his day in court.

Mr Pickard, who pleaded not guilty in February to unlawfully assaulting his Kingsley neighbour Mark Wild, was due to go on trial at Joondalup Magistrates Court this morning.

However, Mr Pickard’s lawyer Terry Dobson requested an adjournment following notice that the prosecution would not be summonsing an eyewitness.

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Mr Dobson said he called the witness to appear this morning but she was not available and they would have to summons her as she was considered key to the defence.

He pushed for a December trial date but case officer availability meant March 18 would be the earliest the trial could take place.

Magistrate Edward de Vries said bail conditions remained the same, with Mr Pickard prevented from going near Mr Wild or his family.

Talking to reporters outside the court, Mr Pickard said he was “disappointed today’s proceedings were adjourned”.

“But I look forward to my day in court when the truth will be heard,” he said.

“Following the trial, out of respect for the judicial system, I will have a lot more to share I can assure you.”

Mr Pickard was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in January after an incident where he and his neighbour allegedly got into a dispute over dirt on a driveway.

Mr Pickard, whose house was up for sale, allegedly sprayed Mr Wild with a hose and threw a cup of coffee in his face.