Charges stayed against former Chamber executive director

The criminal proceedings are now over for David Hull, formerly with the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.

David Hull

David Hull

A criminal harassment charge and two counts of breaching his conditions have been stayed against David Hull, the former executive director of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.

The charges were stayed last week in Abbotsford provincial court. They bring to an end court proceedings that included a trial last fall resulting in Hull’s acquittal on an assault charge.

“I am glad this chapter in my life is behind me,” Hull said. “The acquittal on the assault charges upheld my innocence and, while that was personally gratifying, the entire incident has damaged my reputation and has made my personal and professional life very difficult.”

However, a peace bond has been issued against Hull, prohibiting him from having any contact with his former girlfriend, or her new partner, for a year.

Hull was suspended from his position with the Chamber of Commerce last June, after he was charged with assault in relation to an incident that occurred with his former live-in girlfriend, Alison Longshore.

He resigned from the business organization three weeks later.

At his one-day trial in December, details emerged of the domestic incident that had taken place on May 28, 2011.

Longshore and Hull each testified about a dispute that occurred early that morning at their residence.

Longshore said Hull grabbed her by the wrists, forcefully pushed her down on the bed and straddled her.

Hull testified that he sat on top of Longshore to calm her down and gently placed his hand on her shoulders.

The judge acquitted Hull, saying there was not enough evidence to convict him of intentionally using force upon Longshore.

The criminal harassment charge was laid in August 2011, after a man connected to Longshore alleged that Hull had sent a threatening text or email to him.

The breach charges were laid in September because Hull allegedly contacted Longshore online, breaking one of the conditions of his release.