RNC officer’s indecent phone calls trial resumes next month

Cory Hurley
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The trial of a Corner Brook police officer accused of making indecent and explicit phone calls to a woman will continue in August.

The cross examination of the complainant, who says Sean Kelly made indecent calls to her while she was at work Oct. 17, 2012, wrapped up in provincial court Wednesday morning.

The trial, which is already taking longer than anticipated, began in the morning with a delay in availability of witnesses — something that obviously irked Judge Wayne Gorman. The complainant, whose identity is protected by a publication ban — was erroneously told she was not required to attend court by Crown attorney Vikas Khaladkar.

Another witness was sent to retrieve her, and a third witness was not in court because he thought he would not be needed until later.

When the trial did resume, defence lawyer Jamie Merrigan continued his questioning of the complainant pertaining to the times she claims she received the calls. Merrigan suggested her evidence is tainted by conversations with police officers investigating the case. She denied that it was.

Kelly allegedly made two calls to the woman. In describing them, the woman said the male caller, whose voice she did not recognize, told her he had watched her walk into her place of work and made comments about her breasts and what she was wearing. The caller also asked her to engage in sexual acts with him.

Gorman is currently hearing a voir dire on admissibility of certain statements taken by Kelly. The trial has been adjourned to Aug. 21-22 and is expected to be completed Sept. 10 and 12.

Kelly will also be tried on a second charge of making indecent phone calls to a second individual two days prior in 2012.

Kelly was placed on administrative duty and later suspended without pay until his court matters are dealt with.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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