Council member pleads no contest to battery charge

City Councilmember Ian Bain pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of misdemeanor battery against his wife of eight years, Nancy.

San Mateo County Court Commissioner Susan Greenberg sentenced Bain to 18 months of supervised probation, during which he must check in with a probation officer, followed by 18 months of court probation. In addition, he must attend one year of domestic-violence counseling.

The charges stem from a single incident reported to the Redwood City Police Department between January and March of 2005, according to Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Baum. His standing as an elected official did not affect the penalties she sought, Baum said.

“People who know me understand that I would never hurt anyone,” Bain said in a written statement. He called the incident in question a “mistake” and said that it never should have gone to court.

Bain took the plea agreement in an effort to put the charges behind him and move on in his life and his marriage, he said. If the case had gone to trial, the original domestic-violence charge could have earned Bain up to a year in jail.

The incident in question was reported to the Redwood City Police Department by a friend of Nancy Bain’s. She confided in the friend about “uncharged acts of domestic violence,” according to court papers filed April 27. After the incident, Nancy brought her children to the friend’s home and then left with them to stay in a hotel overnight.

It is unclear whether the case will affect Bain’s standing on the Redwood City Council. “At this point, our thoughts are for Ian and Nancy — this is a difficult situation for them,” Mayor Barbara Pierce said.

bwinegarner@examiner.com

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