Isle of Wight councillor Daryll Pitcher did not enter a plea to charges of rape and indecent assault during an appearance at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday).

As reported by Island Echo yesterday, the well-known Wootton councillor is accused of historic crimes dating back over 30 years – to 1989.

The 46-year-old, of Norman Way in Wootton, did not enter a plea to the 3 charges of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and 2 counts of rape of a female under 16.

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The alleged child sex offences are said to have occurred when Pitcher was a child himself.

In a statement, Councillor Pitcher has said:

“I will continue business as usual and will fulfil my duties in my usual way.

“I will be making no further comment on this case and I kindly ask that people respect my families privacy”.

The former UKIP councillor currently represents the electoral ward of Wootton Bridge under the political banner of the Vectis Party – of which he is the leader. Cllr Pitcher has represented Wootton since May 2021 following a previous term between 2013 and 2017. He serves on the Parish Council. He is also the chair of the Isle of Wight Council’s licensing committee and is an active member of the Royal British Legion.

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When asked whether Cllr Pitcher has been suspended from his duties, the Isle of Wight Council said it would be inappropriate to comment while proceedings are active.

The criminal case has been adjourned to the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 22nd August 2022. He has been granted conditional bail.

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