Fifteen charges involving the illegal operation of a helicopter were reduced to five when Daniel James Parker, 22, of Ranfurly, appeared before Judge Michael Crosbie in the Alexandra District Court yesterday.
Parker pleaded guilty to operating an aircraft, namely a Robinson R22 helicopter, without either a commercial operator's licence or agricultural aircraft operator certificate between March 16 and April 12, 2012; maintaining the aircraft without an aviation maintenance engineer licence between March 16 and 27, 2012; giving false information stating that, while landing, the vertical stabiliser contacted the ground, when the aircraft had collided with a centre point irrigator system, and stating that the incident occurred while landing, when it had occurred during a commercial agricultural operation; operating an aircraft in a manner that caused unnecessary damage to property on March 16; and operating an aircraft in a careless manner on March 17, flying it onto and off a truck when the aircraft was not in an airworthy condition. He was remanded on bail until November 14 for sentencing.
Peter James Lewis, 54, shearer, of Cromwell, was convicted and discharged for shoplifting at the Cromwell New World on August 20.
Stephen James Turton, 54, plumber, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 120 hours' community work for careless driving and ordered to pay reparation to Tower Insurance for damaging a vehicle.
Turton was travelling from Tarras with his three children on April 2 when he slowed to turn onto the Deadman's Pt bridge at Cromwell, believing a long queue of cars on the other side of the intersection was waiting for him to turn. He failed to see a vehicle travelling north alongside the queue and was T-boned as he turned the corner.
The other vehicle was damaged and Turton's vehicle had to be written off and was not insured, thus having a major emotional and financial impact on him for what was a momentary lapse, soon after the new left-hand turning rules came into effect, his lawyer Russell Checketts said.
Larnie Anne Marie Morrell, 22, shearer, of Omakau, was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months from October 3 for driving while suspended, at Omakau on August 29.
Andrew James Sinclair, 24, building apprentice, was fined $700 and disqualified for seven months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 483mcg in Dunedin on August 17.
Colin Barry Frew, 19, bricklayer, of Earnscleugh, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and disqualified for nine months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 124mg at Clyde on May 18.
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