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Courtenay councillor charged with assault

David Frisch on mandated leave from city council
Courtenay Coun. David Frisch is on a mandated leave as he deals with a legal issue. File photo

David Frisch is on a mandated leave of absence from Courtenay council due to a legal matter in which he is involved.

Frisch has been charged with assault. The alleged offence against his wife occurred Saturday, Jan. 7. He made his first court appearance on Jan. 26.

Court documents say he must not communicate with his wife, or go to their family home in Courtenay.

Frisch appealed in writing to vary the court order to allow him to text or email his wife in order to make parenting arrangements for the children to be with him. He also asked permission to communicate to arrange counselling for the two of them, and to deal with financial matters.

Frisch made his first appearance Thursday at the Courtenay Court House. His case has been adjourned to Feb. 16.

In a statement released the afternoon of Jan. 26, the City of Courtenay advised that the mandatory leave is in accordance with the sections 109.1 through 109.3 of the Community Charter. This section applies to a Council member who is charged with an offence under the criminal code.

As published in the Community Charter, Frisch will continue to receive council pay and benefits, and will continue to hold office, but he cannot carry out a duty as a council member.

The city will not comment further until the matter has been concluded.

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