A paraglider who hit a tree
on Mount Maunganui's Marine Parade then fell 6m onto the road
has been jailed for a further nine months for deliberately
risking endangering the public.
Paraglider Mark Poole has
been jailed for endangering the public. Photo by Alan
Mark Poole, 53, from the Lower Kaimais, was sentenced in
Tauranga District Court today after being found guilty of a
charge of operating a paraglider in a manner causing
unnecessary danger to others, following a defended hearing
The crash-landing happened on June 17, 2012 as Poole came
into land after jumping from the northern face of Mauao
Poole is already a serving prisoner after being jailed for
two years one month late last year on cannabis cultivation
and other drug possession charges.
Judge Peter Rollo delivered his reserved decision today.
Poole's added prison sentence includes time for two charges
of operating a paraglider without a warrant of fitness which
stems from the same crash and a further illegal flight on
October 31 last year, plus an unrelated breach of protection
order involving his wife.
Judge Rollo, who rejected Poole's claim that he did not
intentionally take an illegal flight path and hit "bad air",
also disqualified him from flying any aircraft for 12 months.
- By Sandra Conchie of
the Bay of Plenty Times