FORMER Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard says he has been inundated with support following reports he will face court next month charged with assault.
He said he would be pleading not guilty and would be “vigorously defending the matter” when it comes before the Joondalup court on February 2.
“I have been inundated with calls and messages of support from family, friends and members of the broader community,” he told Community News.
“I welcome and appreciate their kind words and encouragement.”
Mr Pickard was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm after an incident on Sunday where he and his Kingsley neighbour allegedly got into a dispute over dirt on a driveway.
Mr Pickard, whose house is up for sale, allegedly sprayed his Dalmain Street neighbour, Mark, with a hose and threw a cup of coffee in his face.
The former Joondalup mayor retired last year after serving in the top job for 12 years.