Fatal Crash Sequel

Man in Court over email in Paraparaumu Air Collision case

A man accused of sending a bogus email relating to the fatal 2008 air collision over Paraparaumu Airport has been remanded on bail by a Porirua District Court registrar.

The email was read as evidence in a recent Coroner’s Court inquest.

The 52-year-old Lower Hutt man has been granted interim name suppression.

He was arrested a day ago by Kapiti Police and charged with forgery, attempting to pervert the course of justice and using a forged document.

The man has been remanded on bail without plea to return to court on January 17.

Flight examiner David Fielding, 30 and student pilot James Taylor, 19, died on February 17, 2008, when their helicopter and a Cessna piloted by Bevan Hookway, 17, collided above the Kapiti Coast town.

The inquest into their deaths was held in October this year.

Officer in charge of the Kapiti CIB Detective Sergeant Ian Martin said after the arrest the man faced three charges, including forgery, attempting to pervert the course of justice and using a forged document.