They are a cocky pair of buggers, the joyriders who tried to start a helicopter on Wellington’s waterfront.
According to the Dom-Post,
The pair were not worried about the charges so long as they did not go to jail.
“We don’t have jobs. What are they going to do to us?
Take away our benefit?” Ferguson said.
They did not regret the prank. “I don’t see the big deal personally,” she said.
The unrepentant twosome are Timothy Hellner, 22, and Ava Ferguson, 19, of Karori, who appeared in Wellington District Court yesterday charged with dishonestly getting into an aircraft.
They were remanded without plea on bail till next month.
They were arrested last week after staff at scenic flight company Helipro on Queens Wharf discovered them inside a Robinson R44 helicopter.
Outside the court yesterday, Hellner and Ferguson told The Dominion Post that their antics were “all pretty innocent”.
“We weren’t trying to go flying. We were just trying to start it …. It wouldn’t have happened if the door hadn’t been unlocked,” Hellner said.
Ferguson said the pair may have been silly but “we are not stupid” and they would not have tried to get airborne.
“They leave a helicopter open with the keys in it yes, we went to have a play around with it.”
So there you go. It’s gotta be the fault of the helicopter people who didn’t lock the chopper doors and left the keys inside.
Perhaps the company should be facing charges and our “all pretty innocent” couple let free.
Booze, inevitably, comes into the story.
The pair said they had been drinking before they drove on to the wharf and jumped a rope into the Helipro pad last Thursday afternoon.
The prank idea came from a “group consensus” with two other friends.
“We saw the helicopter and said: `Why not see if we can get in?” Hellner said. Once inside, he turned the key and heard the engine whining before touching only one switch. “It looked like the most important switch to flick.”
Other controls such as the lights were already on, he said.
The pair spent about 15 minutes trying to start the engine before picking up a headset and asking: “How do we start the helicopter?”
Staff came running out shortly afterwards and they gave themselves up peacefully, Ferguson said.
Gave themselves up peacefully?
Does this mean they entertained the idea of becoming a modern-day Bonny and Clyde and shooting their way out of trouble?
Here’s hoping the judge takes note of their admitting they don’t much fancy the idea of being tossed into the cooler.