Former lord mayor felt that he had not been given a fair go over harassment claims
Doyle’s health took a turn for the worse as he was handed the key findings of a council investigation into the claims, admitting himself into hospital over the weekend.
The investigation led by Dr Freckelton would continue nonetheless.
“We will progress the investigation as quickly as possible and ensure the facts become known to all parties,” said a Melbourne City Council spokeswoman.
Doyle’s wife, Emma Page Campbell, issued a statement saying her husband had been in “agony” over the last seven weeks.
Standing by him she said the accusations had been “made in an environment in which guilt is presumed over innocence”.
“It would seem that the court of public opinion, and what it will deem acceptable, can win out over natural justice,” she said.
His lawyer, Nick Ruskin from K&L Gates, said in a statement that his client had felt that the time since the allegations were made had “lacked any semblance of natural justice”.
However, former councillor Stephen Mayne said Doyle had in fact “been given far more information than other witnesses”.
“He has been given five days to respond to the draft report and he has been given all of the relevant material in good time,” Mayne said.
Melbourne councillors will meet on tomorrow for the first time this year to discuss the investigation.