Aberdeen councillor to be asked to resign after sex assault conviction

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Alan Donnelly
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Alan Donnelly will be sentenced for sexual assault next month

Aberdeen City Council has instructed its chief executive to call on a councillor convicted of sexual assault to resign.

Former deputy provost Alan Donnelly resigned from the Scottish Conservatives after being found guilty of kissing and touching a man.

He was then removed from all council committees, but remains a councillor.

The group leaders on the Urgent Business Committee agreed on Thursday he should step down.

It was also agreed that, should the councillor quit by 6 January, a special meeting should be called as soon as possible after that date to consider how re-allocate committee places at the authority.

The Conservative, Labour and independent coalition had held power with a majority of one before Donnelly resigned from the party.

Donnelly was convicted of sexual assault at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last Friday following a three-day trial.

One of the victim's supervisors said he had been "trembling and shaking" when he reported the incident to her.

Donnelly is due to be sentenced next month.