Kelly matter to take longer than anticipated

Published on June 19, 2014

As the trial of a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer charged with making indecent phone calls continued into its second day on Wednesday, the focus was on the admissibility of evidence.

It’s alleged that on Oct. 17, 2012 Sean Kelly, 45, made indecent phone calls to a young woman at her place of work.

Kelly is also charged with mischief for allegedly making a statement that caused police to enter into an investigation of another person suspected of having committed an offence that person did not commit.

The complainant, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, testified to details of the calls she received under direct and cross-examination for most of  Tuesday.

Kelly allegedly made two calls to the woman. In describing them, the woman said the male caller, whose voice she did not recognize, told her he had watched her walk into her place of work and made comments about her breasts and what she was wearing. The caller also asked her to engage in sexual acts with him.

Her testimony was not completed Tuesday and with the voir dire on Wednesday, Crown attorney Vikas Khaladkar said more time will be needed to complete the trial.

The complainant will be back on the stand on July 2.

That’s the day Kelly is scheduled to go to trial on a second charge of making indecent phone calls. The complainant in that case, alleged to have occurred on Oct. 15, 2012, is not the same person from the alleged Oct. 17 incident.

Khaladkar said that trial will now be postponed.

Kelly was placed on administrative duty after an investigation into the complaint by the RNC’s Professional Standards Division and was later suspended without pay until his court matters are dealt with.