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Psychologist: Ex-city councillor has narcissistic personality disorder

Gary A. Leaman plead guilty to two counts of sexual assault Jan. 29, 2014.
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August 11, 2014 - 5:09 PM

PENTICTON - Former city councillor Gary A. Leaman, who pleaded guilty of sexual assault, tested high on a court-ordered psychiatric exam for narcissistic personality disorder.

Nalini Joneja, a clinical psychologist with Forensic Psychiatric Services was questioned by Crown prosecutor Catherine Crockett and defence counsel Michael Welsh on her report of the psychiatric exam done in June, 2014. The report included interviews and test answers from Leaman, and interviews from victims and other witnesses.

Leaman scored 105 out of 115 on a true and false questionnaire that determines “impeding individuals ability to cope independently in life and ability to handle mental health concerns,” Joneja said.

Leaman’s answers showed he had a considerable number of traits consistent with narcissistic personality disorder, including limited empathy, grandiose sense of self importance and competence, and sense of entitlement, for example, taking advantage of others to fulfill his own needs.

Joneja also concluded in her report that Leaman has obsessive compulsive personality disorder—a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism and reluctance to work with others unless things are done his way. He also showed strong signs of histrionic personality disorder, which is a concern about the way one’s image is displayed to others, and a need for attention.

“To look people in the eye and tell them what you’ve done is not easy,” Leaman said while on the witness stand.

Sentencing proceedings took longer than expected and a sentence was not issued today. Leaman will reappear in court on Friday Sept. 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m in front of Judge Gale Sinclair.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

—This strory was updated on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. 

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