Tweed Deputy Mayor Gary Bagnall, left, leaves Murwillumbah Local Court with his legal team, headed by solicitor Russell Baxter, right, after pleading not guilty to charges of assault and intimidation.
Tweed Deputy Mayor Gary Bagnall, left, leaves Murwillumbah Local Court with his legal team, headed by solicitor Russell Baxter, right, after pleading not guilty to charges of assault and intimidation. Liana Boss

Deputy Mayor pleads not guilty to assault and intimidation

TWEED Deputy Mayor Gary Bagnall has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and intimidation against fellow councillor Carolyn Byrne.

Cr Bagnall faced Murwillumbah Local Court today following an alleged altercation between the two councillors after the September mayoral election when Cr Byrne said Cr Bagnall swore at and intimidated her.

Represented by solicitor Russell Baxter, Cr Bagnall pleaded not guilty to the charges before Magistrate Paul MacMahon.

The case, including a forensic application, will be heard again in the Murwillumbah courthouse on January 25.

Councillor Carolyn Byrne outside Murwillumbah Local Court on November 24, 2015.Photo: Liana Turner / Tweed Daily News
Councillor Carolyn Byrne outside Murwillumbah Local Court on November 24, 2015.Photo: Liana Turner / Tweed Daily News Liana Boss

Meanwhile, an Apprehended Violence Order sought by Cr Byrne was granted without admission of liability.

Under conditions of the order, Cr Bagnall has agreed not to "assault, molest, harass, threaten or otherwise interfere with" Cr Byrne over the next 12 months.

The order is not expected to interfere with council operations.

Cr Bagnall declined to comment outside court.


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