Ex-chopper company boss chooses jury trial

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A former director of Queenstown flight company Heliworks accused of a raft of theft and dishonesty charges has elected a trial by jury.

Pilot David Maxwell Kershaw re-appeared in Queenstown District Court today (Monday) after previously entering a not guilty plea to 19 offences while he was managing director for Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters Ltd.

The 57-year-old Frankton man faces four theft charges from February 2007 to February 2010 worth $4125 each from a FMR Risk personal insurance policy in his name.

From April 2007 to August 2010 he is also alleged to have collected $6266 on four occasions from a Sovereign Assurance life insurance policy in his name and by deception in December 2008, April 2009 and August 2009 he’s alleged to have caused loss to Heliworks totalling more than $12,500.

It’s also alleged that: In September 2009 he booked up accommodation in Sydney worth $1296, in March 2010 used Air New Zealand flights for himself and his wife Erica valued at $916 and in April billed $171 for Corporate Cab Taxi use for the two of them.

Kershaw also faces charges relating to Air NZ flights for Erica and Gabriele Kershaw worth $804 in July, having control of Heliworks business plan to the value of $3018 in August, Wet and Forget products worth $869 in September, and two charges of intending to obtain pecuniary advantage by dishonestly using a document in October last year.

Kershaw was appointed as director on April 26, 2006, and ceased the role on November 2, 2010, according to the Companies Office.

In October last year Kershaw launched the Frankton-based family aviation consultancy Kershaw Aviation Group.

Defence lawyer Sam Nelson told Judge Dominic Flatley that Kershaw had chosen to stand trial by jury.

Kershaw has been remanded on bail till a post-committal conference in September.