A JURY has retired to consider whether a flying instructor whose student died in a helicopter crash in North Yorkshire lied to get him a licence.
Wealthy Brighouse businessman Paul Spencer, who ran a dried flower business, and his wife, Linda, were killed when the helicopter Mr Spencer was piloting came down in Rudding Park resort, Harrogate, in January 2008.
His flying instructor, former Army captain Ian King, 53, is accused of signing off Mr Spencer’s training records allowing him to obtain his licence just weeks before the tragedy, even though he did not have sufficient flying experience.
King, of Wetherby, has pleaded not guilty to making a false representation with intent to deceive the Civil Aviation Authority.
He has been on trial for a week at Leeds Crown Court before a jury of six men and six women.