Court date for City councillor pushed to late September

Stroud's court date has been pushed to Sept. 19. 
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Sydenham District Councillor Peter Stroud’s court date has been pushed to late September so information can be exchanged between Stroud’s counsel and the crown.

Not required to appear for his initial court date, neither Stroud nor his lawyer were present at his first scheduled date on Aug. 15.

Stroud, who represents a district where many Queen’s students live during the school year, will face charges in court on Sept. 19 for causing a disturbance and mischief under $5,000 for an alleged incident on June 23.

According to Kingston Police, Stroud chased after a Kingston Transit bus on his bicycle with his child. Once he caught up with the bus and it had stopped, he allegedly placed his child on the ground in front of the bus and yelled at the driver while taking pictures.

Stroud turned himself in to Kingston Police on July 10.

In a series of tweets posted on July 16, Stroud stated he would face the charges with the help of legal counsel. He refused to comment further and asked the press to respect his privacy and refrain from contacting him about the personal matter.

He also tweeted a statement apologizing for his actions.

“I did not intend to upset anyone, and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was upset by my actions,” Stroud wrote. “My intention was to gain access for my eldest child, who was refused service while arriving to an express bus stop before the scheduled departure.”

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