Councillor denies assault charge

Daniel Sutherland
Daniel Sutherland

A Labour councillor has appeared at court charged with assaulting a woman.

Daniel Sutherland, 23, of Valley View, Halifax, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault by beating against a woman on June 24.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the initial hearing at Calderdale Magistrates Court.

The case was adjourned for a trial at Bradford Magistrates Court on November 1, 2012.

Councillor Sutherland, who represents Illingworth and Mixenden ward and chairs the council’s planning committee, told the Courier he would rather not talk about the situation at the moment.

He is also a member of the council’s governance and business committee and the social care for children review group.

Councillor Sutherland has played rugby for Ovenden Rugby League Football Club for six years.

He is a member of the management board at Illingworth Centre Committee, Mixenden Parent’s Committee and the North Halifax Partnership.

His mother, Lisa Lambert, who accompanied him to court, was elected to the council in May.