Martin Gregory Bates, 64, was found not guilty in Pictou provincial court on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Bates was charged with trespassing and voyeurism in relation to an alleged incident on May 12, 2018 in Stellarton. At the time Bates, who pled not guilty to the charges, was employed for the Town of Trenton as its recreation director, but has since been on a leave of absence.
Judge Del Atwood ruled that the evidence brought to the court was inconclusive and did not prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
In part, the decision came after witness testimony was found to be inconsistent in court from statements made to the police on the night that Bates was arrested.
Further to that, the witness for the prosecution was over 100 yards away from Bates when they said they saw him looking through the windows of his neighbor’s house and the only source of light that evening was from a parking lot nearby, Atwood said.