10/17/2013 06:25 EDT | Updated 12/17/2013 05:12 EST

Vernon Water Contamination Radio Comments Defended By Official

VERNON, B.C. - The chairman of the North Okanagan Regional District says he meant no disrespect when he commented on the ruling of a provincial court judge.

Patrick Nicol says he gave a radio interview last month, after a court decision that found the district guilty for not protecting a drinking water source from contamination in the community of Coldstream nearly four years ago.

Judge Mayland McKimm has delayed sentencing, saying he heard Nicol say on the radio saying that the regional agency did all it could to protect people.

McKimm says he found Nicol's comments out of line, but Nicol says he never meant to be disrespectful to the judge or the ruling, and that McKimm might have misheard or took his comments out of context.

McKimm has requested the transcripts of the radio broadcast in question.

A new sentencing date is expected to be set next Wednesday. (CKIZ)

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